In the space between Be.aGaIN ending and the release of the second collection, Unreconciled Doors*, on the 10th of January, I am going behind the lines of 7 hand written fragments over the next 7 days starting with today’s piece “The Dropped Vase”.
These works are some of the copious couplets and isolated ideas that did not turn into full form poems, but that you may find resonance with. I wanted to highlight where even the embryonic nature of two lines of rhyme can come from and maybe what full works they were influenced by or would go on to influence.
Fragment #1, “The Dropped Phrase” starts with the concept of “Grace”.
“Grace as a state can’t last forever”-I think here that I liked the rhyming with “State” and how that Grace, in the biblical sense, is a state of mind. You can choose to be grateful for the gifts that you have been given-so use them lest you lose them-or you can choose to say I don’t have enough xyz , I’m not xyz enough etc etc and curse the unmerited favours that have been bestowed on you.
This is essence is dropping the vase from it’s plinth-Taking beauty and truth and life for granted and not taking good enough care of any of these or yourself.
“Broken is not the same as glued together”- This second line was heavily influenced by the Japanese art of “Kintsugi”.Kintsugi is golden joinery of the beautiful fixing of broken things by holding it together again with lacquer or gold-like a broken vase.
I took the Kintsugi reference further in the upcoming collection, Unreconciled Doors, and this fragment (pun not intended when naming this week of poems) became the birthing room of one of the upcoming 41 poems in the second collection, eponymously titled “Kintsugi”. I expounded further on the notions of what is human that can break easily but how even repair can be beautiful.
The below I just had to include, though Chinese, not Japanese-
This is artist Ai Weiwei dropping a Han Dynasty Vase in 1995 that was valued at $1 million. What feelings does it elicit and what meaning is there in his actions?. Is it Art? or the Destruction of Art? or destroying to create?.
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