I think the most interesting thing I learned in this week is blank space( or negative space). poets use this special way to add more meaning in their poems. In my opinion, this special technique makes writing a poem become more like painting a picture. It gives the poem a better sense of vision. For example, in "the unified field", poem No.5, the poet writes, "tie our boots and cotton scarves open the door/ Open the door into this wheeling white open/ This door / and walk?" In this first blank space between "scarves" and "open", it gives me a feel of the pause between those two actions. In the second blank space between "white" and "open", this repeat of "open" and the blank space makes me feel the action-open the door- is super heavy and slow. In the last blank space before "and walk", this blank space makes me feel the pause again, plus the question mark in the end of this line, the speaker's uncertain feeling is expressed perfectly.
Another interesting part of this week I learned is the erasure activity. It is really fun and creative. I used the text from Moby-Dick. I tried to erase as much as I can, and here's my work:
And nothing would sail.
See the watery part of the world. Whenever I find myself
Is a drizzly November in my soul; Whenever I find myself
Pausing before every funeral I meet;
Is nothing but the ocean.
Now the street
Is cooled by breezes.
Go and gone.
Nothing will tell
Me the path lead to you.
I really like “Fridge Nocturne”, written by Don McKay. This little short poem shows me a picture of a silent but sacred urban night. When I read this poem, I feel like I become the author, living in a lonely single flat, in a moonless night, dreamless and sleepless. In such a silence, the smallest noise will be infinitely magnified. The murmur of the lonely fridge, the only company of mine, sounds like the roar of a giant river, running down to the estuary.
I like the simile that McKay uses between the fridge and the river. He wrote, “muddily gathers itself in pools to drop things in/ and fish things from,/ the good will mission in the city of dreadful night.” In these three lines, in my humble understanding, I feel the similarity between the river and the fridge. The river raises people by offering them the food in its body. The fridge does the same mission as well. In the lonely city, the fridge gives and keeps the food for people. What’s more, it offers people the sense of safety and hope. It just like the protector for lonely people in a strange city.
It comforts us.