Welcome to The Man with the Blue Guitar . . . my new blog with a name shamelessly pilfered from Wallace Stevens.
I'm not exactly sure what's going to transpire in this blog, but I do know it will focus on poetry, among many other themes.
I do want to post, piece by piece, Dragonfly, my first poetry collection from 1994, currently out of print. Along with each poem: a bit of background about the making of that piece, the slice of life it shadows and illuminates.
I plan to experiment also in this blog with poetry films and animations, slide shows, podcasts, and the like. And of course post poems. And poems. And poems.
Discuss contemporary poets, poetry, poetics. The other genres. Perhaps from time to time post a short short. Or even a full-length short story. Or a piece of creative nonfiction. Now and then a piece of what critics call "autotheoretical" writing. Post the occasional book review. Talk about publishing trends and tips. Editing and magazines. Post art . . . photographs, collages, pen-and-inks, paintings. Et cetera.
Won't you join me in this endeavor, this journey? Let's find out where the blue guitar will take us. This aquamarine ark, spaceship, brave vessel of verse and bliss. This glorious palimpsest . . . Pablo Picasso's 1903 painting The Old Guitarist (shown above), which inspired Stevens's poem "The Man with the Blue Guitar," is said to have a ghostly image painted underneath. Thus also with poetry . . . layers upon layers upon layers. Sediment of beauty and bone, sense and song.
It will be fabulous to have you with me in these travels. And now, be well . . . ingat (as we say in Filipino).
NOTE: To pronounce "ingat," first say "Klingon," then drop off the /k/ and the /l/. Replace the ending /n/ sound with a /t/. Now change the short /i/ vowel to a long /e/ . . . EENG-aht. This Filipino word means "take care" and you can use it as a parting greeting. Be careful today . . . ingat, okay?