Friday, August 01, 2008
I've been going over the poems in the kissing disease, and one thing that keeps surfacing in my head is the word "obsessive", something that probably makes them a bit different from the work that has come before them. It might be the effect of certain strains of repetition, in both individual poems and throughout the manuscript. Of course, a big part of it are the anxiety dream sequence, so a certain amount of obsessiveness in subject matter is to be expected, but I'm talking more a tone and effect of the actual language. A circularity, or a raking of things over and over (and over and over almost to the point of annoyance in some cases). Getting to the end of something and then going back over it again. And again. It might be the anaphora, or a note of uncertainty. It's interesting, and maybe something I can work with in terms of order and organization.