With over three hundred poems
to choose from, an editor might be excused, I suppose, for being somewhat
overwhelmed. The range and skill of the poets in this book is barely sketched.
Each poet has given permission for the work to be published, but the final
choice has been the responsibility of the editor. To that extent it reflects
her tastes and prejudices, not to mention her mistakes. Sometimes the exigencies
of space rather than personal preference or intrinsic merit have dictated
the selection of one poem over another. The only comfort must be that no
Anthology could ever do justice to this art which is finding new life in
a medium born of our times; life which is volatile, and dynamic, and unruly.
CONTEXT AND PLEASURE
I have included two examples of Poetic Prose. The day to day examples of
this talent are spontaneous. By nature of the medium, they are interrelated
as they are interwoven. Publication in some sense destroys what it seeks
to preserve, for the works are cut rudely from their context to be framed
and revisited. However, it gives such pleasure in itself, that an example
seemed warranted. At its best such writing elevates a conversation into
clarity, brilliant in internal rhythms and precise in expression.
has sometimes been accused of being effete, esoteric, unmeaningful to the
person in the street. Here, we have discovered that the person in the street
a poet already. Perhaps this has always been so. Poets are able, now,
to share their poems with those who would, once, have been removed by education,
history, age, taste or physical distance. Scribble 2 contains examples
of shamanic poetry; lyrical poetry; of cynical, critical poetry; of imagery
which has the classicism of silver poetry; of stressed poetry, rhyming
poetry and therapy poetry. It is raw, it is prolific, it is inspired. It
is not always 'good' art, but I have found it profoundly readable. Indeed,
it reminds me in some ways of Elizabethan Poetry: felt, and thought, and
not quite always 'finished' or stylish. Here is the forging of a new tradition
in an old art form, using new technology.
has a raw, and sometimes awkward immediacy. It is poetry, thought and felt
in everyday life, and expressed in the words and rhythms to which the poets
themselves are accustomed. There is nothing mannered or, particularly,
modern, about this work. If it is tutored, the tutoring is that of mutuality,
and laughter. A new form of Bardic College, or Mermaid Tavern, or fireside
For these reasons, aside from my own
enjoyment of poetry, and personal debt to the Echo, it has been a privilege
to et these works. I hope you enjoy these poems. I hope you return to the
book again and again. I hope you find, as I have, ever new pleasures and
insights in its pages, while learning perhaps, new compassion for its frailties.