Reflections on the Process — Ramón Garcia

Ramon Garcia

It was an interesting exercise.  The fevered writing in response to Terry’s found quotes I approached as a timed stream of consciousness experiment.  For the writing of the poems from Terry’s fevered writing in response to my found quotes, I decided to choose words in the order they were written.  This was a method that provided some sense of “form” that intuitively I felt this exercise would benefit from, and I think it did. I also decided not to alter the words in Terry’s fevered writing (to not change the tense or make nouns into verbs etc.); this rule I sensed would support the imagination in choosing the right word for it’s originality and the structure of the meaning of the poem.  It was fun and a great exercise in focusing attention on language, and for me, structuring meaning in a poem.

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