‘You Have to Be Interested in the Playfulness of Poetry’

This is a doodle from last year that went nowhere. It reflects my foolish obsession with Scottish ancestry. While living, my dad obtained from somewhere a document saying that my family’s clan was associated with the MacLeods, MacFies and Campbells. What does that mean? Connected through marriage? As an undergrad I spent a summer in Mexico City. One of my classes at the national university, taught by Ermilo Abreu Gómez, was on the “novela de la Revolución.” A guest lecture was given by author Nellie Campobello. She was a Campbell! I elect association with her.

[Billy Collins] sat on a bench and watched some students playing Wiffle ball on a quad. “You have to be interested in the playfulness of poetry to want to keep writing it,” he said. Then, as if to shoo away the fatalism, he added that he has already written a hundred poems for his next collection, not all of them short.

(Bob Morris, “A New York Poet Laureate in Deepest, Darkest Florida,” The New Yorker, 3-13-23)

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About JMN

I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day. I like to read and memorize poetry.
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