Joined: Thu Dec 25, 2008 10:20 pm
Location: George Town Tasmania Australia
Current Obsession: writing, reading and research
Main Role: Fan
POETRY MUSIC AND THAT CLOUD OF WITNESSES
Composer Ellen Zwilich once said in an interview that she wrote because she had to. “I compose,” she said, “out of some need in myself.”1 Richard Meale, another composer, said that writing music was a personal adventure, a continuous personal obsession, an explorative experience.2 One writes certain music at certain times and, to Meale, its an expression of his very existence. He says music often has the effect of cutting him off from normal life. Peter Sculthorpe, yet another composer, says that writing music occupies long hours and is often not appreciated by the public.3 –Ron Price with thanks to Andrew Ford, Composer To Composer, Hale and Iremonger, London, 1993, p. 15; 2p.33; 3p.41.
I find these comments on the art of musical composition by these particular composers very true of the art of writing poetry for me, for this particular poet. Some composers listen to very little music and I find I read very little poetry. Over many years I come to read a good deal, but in the day to day grind of life I get very little poetry read. The British composer Sir Harrison Birtwhistle says, in talking about composing, that the creative process is only partly controllable; context plays a big part. That is certainly the way I experience writing poetry. Also, the process, for Birtwhistle and for me, has a monolithic quality; as the music and the poetry advances, great changes take place and no plan has gone into it.4 Finally, the meaning of the music or the poetry is in the writing, the composing. Often the great majority of people don’t enjoy it or never know of it. -ibid., p.56.
Making demands on oneself
is critical to the net result,
to satisfying oneself.1
Some like talking or writing
about the process; some don’t.
All time comes into the moment
when you write, eternity and
timelessness or, should I say,
pieces of that eternality, pieces
that you need to say your piece.
I sit all day in my room and
a good part of the night3
with a strong consciousness
of the leaven that leaveneth
the world of being, furnisheth
power through which the arts
are made manifest and compass
me about like a great cloud of
witnesses, freeing me from
the prison of self—at least a little.2
1 Sir Harrison Birtwhistle, op.cit., p.59.
2 Arnold Toynbee, A Study of History, Vol. 12: Reconsiderations, Oxford UP, London, 1961.
3. I usually average 6 to 8 hours a day of writing and reading, editing and puiblishing.
10/9/'05 to 9/2/'13
married for 46 years, a teacher for 35, a writer and editor for 14, and a Baha'i for 54(in 2013)