a mystic pizza of poetic meanderings

Really, not much to say, so I’ll say it leaving you to imagine what I haven’t said.

I feel proud because this blog’s now one year old and many have read it. That pleases me. Here is a picture of the blog as a boy, calmly reading in itself like in an open book.

I’m laboring on a new novel. I can’t say that I’m closed mouth about it given that I’ve published a lot of character sketches as part of the 100 days 2011 project. Apart from the satisfaction of writing itself, the incredible, unexpected perk of this endeavor is that I work alongside my drawing daughter, who is, in her 10th year, generally bursting with creativity: she’s all over the place and I would say that I see my younger self in her, except that I’m still all over the place.

a writer’s chest is filled with promise

I get my few hundred words done every day on and off the project, spread out over notebooks, scraps, post-it notes, whiteboards: sometimes I even find a disembodied, digital sentence on my mobile phone and I think “this sounds great” and realize that I typed this myself somewhere at a traffic light between one thought and another. Lost and found lines are like frozen sparks off a fire stone. They may never amount to anything. I produce them, or perhaps they produce me. There are many: I wonder if, in twenty years, they may miraculously assemble themselves to a book, a true story. For now, I keep them locked in my chest covered with white wiry hair.

I am aware now how writing and non-writing and even unwriting come in waves of almost equal duration: two, three months for each phase. Perhaps not incidentally the length of a teaching term. Each phase announces itself by a desire to withdraw. An unanswered desire, because of my many responsibilities and involvements in the real world. Trying to hug the muse when the muse is away is lonely business. Paradoxical pain: I must beg her to stay while I must drive her away.

magical mayan jaguar paw

The other day I noticed a tattoo on my left arm: a jaguar that I had forgotten I had was still crouching there patiently, offering his paw, his wild grin. “How can you not remember your own tattoo,” a friend asked me. “It’s become part of my skin,” I said. What I didn’t say: I am the jaguar. Later that day, I lied with a feline face. Just so.

I don’t have any advice for myself. I’m trying to write a story about love and the city and I can’t do it. I am stuck inside the palace of my own vast imag­i­na­tion. I have no love left for the page. I line up images, one after the next, like a blind man lines up mice to make them squeal. At night I turn into a mino­taur and visit my own dream; she is a woman of ven­omous beauty, dan­ger­ous to the com­mon thought; the mino­taur sees this but as he is immea­sur­ably strong, a half-god, he does not flinch; his mis­sion is not to run but to rave. When the woman opens her eyes, one look from her freezes the bull-headed hero. But when she closes them again, he thaws again, shakes and stirs her in her sleep. They’re locked in this poi­so­nous game of back and forth; of day and night; up and down. As I am. But at least it’s happen­ing. I am dreaming. One day, when no monsters visit me any longer, I will be sadder than any man. The real secret is not the mythically deformed man, but the witch-woman. I understand the father, but not the mother. I fear my journey at night, my knightly call to the arms of awareness.

8 thoughts on “a mystic pizza of poetic meanderings

  1. Happy blogversery! I’m glad to hear that you are writing and writing and writing and that your little girl is wriggling with creativity.

  2. Definitely light a candle! Happy anniversary. What better way to celebrate than with mystic pizza? This is a wonderful post. Looking forward to the one celebrating your novel finished, and another when it is published.

    • you can never have enough candles…i recall how i battled boredom as a teenager when i had to learn: i simply covered the room with candles (all lit) making it look like a cathedral. not a mighty will to learn but a mighty will to set the right tone…thank you, chris!

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