Just beyond the present moment

photo wcw 2021

JUST BEYOND THE MOMENT

“That other dimension where the words are waiting just beyond the moment you are witnessing”

WestCoastWoman 2020

I was sorting through bits and pieces of writing collected over the years and came upon a comment sent to another writer. I expressed how their writing took me to that “other dimension” the moment “just beyond” the witnessing. They suggested I try to form words around the dimension I was describing…..it felt ineffable.

In this same stack of papers I found a portion of an interview with Derek Walcott from the Paris Review, Winter 1986 I had copied from https://theuncarvedblog.com/2014/06/22/love-after-love-by-derek-walcott-resonates-deeply-when-you-first-acknowledge-yourself/ It comes as close to describing that ‘other dimension’ that I’ve ever read :

” But I do know that if one thinks a poem is coming on-in spite of the noise of the typewriter or the traffic outside the window, or whatever…..you do make a retreat, a withdrawal into some kind of silence that cuts out everything around you…I am not a monk, but if something does happen I say thanks because I feel that it is really a piece of luck, a kind of fleeting grace that has happened to one. Between the beginning and the ending and the actual composition that goes on, there is a kind of trance that you hope to enter where every aspect of your intellect is functioning simultaneously for the progress of the composition. But there is no way you can induce that trance.”

Derek Walcott

MONKS WITHOUT MONASTERIES

Monks without Monasteries
Withdraw to Silence
Sanctuary
Gestating
Words Born of
Fleeting Grace
Trance

Kneel
Hands cupped
Offer
Thanks.

wcw 2023




8 thoughts on “Just beyond the present moment

  1. Beautifully poetically encapsulated, Janet! I was surprised to see you reference my post on Derek Walcott. That was a lucky find I picked out of that Paris Review interview. You may want to include the whole link, which contains that Walcott quote in the lower portion of the post. It’s about his poem, Love After Love, and a film made about him, Poetry Is An Island. This link will take readers there: https://theuncarvedblog.com/2014/06/22/love-after-love-by-derek-walcott-resonates-deeply-when-you-first-acknowledge-yourself/. Thank you!

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  2. Thank you for sharing the Walcott quote. I, too, know that place well… when the world around quiets to less than a whisper and outpouring of creation, of art, happens. It’s a special place that I believe many of us know but not the majority.

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