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February 13, 2013

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It's wonderful to see how a book by one of America's finest poets came to be created. Onorate l’altissima poeta.

Sarah, I don't have the bravery to comment on these posts that you had to write them. Not only do they touch me (and who wants to admit that in a forum like this? or even speculate as to what that means?) but also I admire the writing so much. You move effortlessly through various fictional narrators, including the impossible and adorable 10-year-old you must've been, and the result is just fantastic. It's bravura and plain brave, too. I take such pleasure from them.

Sarah,
As I was reading your words here my minds Eye was picturing the sights of Rome as I remember them from a visit long ago, amazed at how you can do that by just mentioning a few words! Looking forward to reading your new work

I loved reading the kind of internal collaboration that seems to have created Sono...a kind of partnership of unconscious and conscious self, perhaps. Or was it more like a process of self-respectful paradox, unresolved and just glimpsed wholenesses?

Have you ever heard of lucid dreaming...?

The first I ever heard of it, apart from the di Caprio film was in an article link I followed from this very site to Psychology Tomorrow magazine. Apparently...and I was horrified to learn this....some people can and choose to (and enjoy?) directing and redirecting their dreams, consciously exploring their unconscious spaces while dreaming and inside of them.

Oh it doesn't sound so bad when writing about it. Sounds fertile and intriguing. But I thought of lucid dreaming when I read the section of your post on the creative, given part of the poem process.

To control it, to even want to do more than be inside the unscripted surprise of it wouldn't make sense.

And yet it was a good reminder to one who (i who) so often wish I could direct the poem creating bit.

So thank you for sharing your process, and all it teaches.
J.

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