What Comes Before

“History is brimming with unrecognized greatness. You can’t control your reception. Instead of thinking about how your work will serve your reputation, think about how you can serve the work. Aim to make great art. What defines greatness is not what the world says, but how well your art serves what you believe.” Claire Schwartz from PoetryRX: I Loved My Friend, (The Paris Review, 07/19/2018).


 

 

What Comes Before

 

before everything 
there is the work 
one mark after the other
from line to glyph
from word into flesh

before everything
we workers of sentence
gravid with verses
rise to the craft
past the eyes
past the I



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