A Note About the Labyrinth

Out of curiosity, I went back to the files to check when the first "Labyrinth" poem was composed. I started writing them at the end of April. April 22nd, to be exact. And I remember what stirred the writing of the poems. I had heard David Welch read at the Slash Pine poetry festival, and I really liked the voice of his stuff. It reminded me of the rabbits in David Lynch's Inland Empire.


A bizarre thing to think of, I know, but it's true. And for some reason, THAT association made me think of the Theseus myth.

So what's all this have to do with the prose poems? I think the tonal inflection of David's poem reminded me of something that I had been wanting to reproduce on paper. Hearing him adjusted my writerly urge to work out this prose poetic sequence and now, I'm 38 poems in. I think I'll keep going until it's roughly a chap-book. I haven't decided whether the boy is Theseus or not. I haven't decided much of anything, only the tonal quality of the writing. So far, hitting that note's been a lot of fun.


A brief break from the rain will have me in the seat of my lawn mower shortly.


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