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The Long Poem

absent mare
I know less
about you
than I care
to touch
your mane
address you where
the rent is

This poem was written at the rate of one character per day. I started on the 16 March 2008 and worked on it for about two and a half months before I became frustrated with it. The act of comitting to just one letter per day meant there were many changes of direction on a whim. And I didn't re-write any of it.

Althought the final result is unspectacular it was an interesting experiment. For the whole time it was being written I swore to write no other poetry, so it was a destructive as well as a creative act. My mind filled with the smell of burnt poems. When I finally stopped it felt like coming up for air.

inchiki 28-05-08