I’ve decided to write single poems for single readers such that writing is publication and the reader I appeal to is the one precise reader who receives the poem. This is partly practical: I don’t have the time or money to write many poems or make multiple copies. It’s partly on curmudgeonly principle: there are too many poems in the world, floundering around looking for the right reader, trying to appeal to large audiences in hopes of catching that single sensitive soul (a tuna net for a dolphin). And it’s partly that I am satisfied writing one poem for one person. A poem is always a valentine, it is always about love (that connection between mortals, that fragile language-game) even when it isn’t “about” love; it always says “remember me when this you see.” A poem has to be an open letter because the writer and reader will die, are mortal, must appeal to others to remember their love. A closed letter, a valentine with one specific recipient, a poem addressed to one reader, is never really closed: it always risks being found out,intercepted or read afterwards (does it hope to be, even in seeming to “risk”?).
As I love: my poetics.