STEVE BENSON                         03 20 15

A N N E X   P R E S S    2015


The enigmatic
Not a very brilliantly conceived

Filling in for the other
Chen Aisen

But who can speak of conceptual poetry anyway
Always something to say
            We don’t have to listen to this crap

There’s an end to it
Yuzuru Hanyu
And when is prose a conceptual poetry specimen

Backward
This is not it nor is this it

How is it possible that there be a theory of
conceptual
poetry anymore than of dada or happenings
Dustin Wong

It’s not over
I don’t usually use this word

Beginning again
Shall I now read aloud to you or rewrite here verbatim or with minor alterations from work on the subject of conceptual poetry some work of conceptual poetry
A quotation

In a time of drastic change one can be too preoccupied with what is ending or too obsessed with what seems to be beginning.  In either case one loses touch with the present and with its obscure but dynamic possibilities.  What really matters is openness, readiness, attention, courage to face risk.  You do not need to know precisely what is happening or exactly where it is all going.  What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.

Thomas Merton
Quoted in The Solitary Explorer: Thomas Merton's Transforming Journey, by Elena Malits