“(Water/Places/A Time)” is the opening fragment from a longer journal poem. I promised myself that I would write down at least five lines per day for one week. Often these lines did not immediately identify themselves as poetry. They would first emerge as theory, translation, diary, gossip, etc. In this fragment, I am comparing the daily writing styles of Joanne Kyger and Larry Eigner, two Bay Area poets who were seemingly obsessed with remaining on the pulse of the present moment.•
This poem appears in the Summer 2021 issue of Alta Journal.
they sound, separate
is a charge
from a poet