Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Primal Self-Expression

I saw Drew Gardner in passing tonight, at Peter Gizzi’s reading at the Project, and he thought I should share the story of how I almost didn’t make it out of the apartment. Not an hour before I expected to be on my way, I was seated at my computer and felt a familiar pair of small hands on my leg. When I looked down there was my son wiping his hands on my pants and—they were covered in, how can I say it, he was cleaning shit off his hands with my pants. Phoebus Apollo! (Exeunt; roar of a bath and howls of the offended child, not to mention the howls of the offended mother.) How did that happen? Later his father asked him, “Jake, did you take a poo?” and he boldly stuck his hand down the back of his diaper. There was my answer.

At least he spared the sofa, already a sour sponge of dried milk and peanut butter; in fact from a housekeeping point of view cleaning himself on me was the least worst option. From the psychoanalytic point of view … well, Mr. Gardner seemed to find a wealth of metaphor in this little tale, which I don’t wish to overburden with analysis.

7 comments:

Drew said...

Ange

I think what I said was: "Isn't that more or less what WE do with poetry?" Hopefully the transition to play-doh, crayolas and then words will happen swiftly....

Drew said...

Ange

I think what I said was: "Isn't that more or less what WE do with poetry?" Hopefully the transition to play-doh, crayolas and then words will happen swiftly....

Karl Merleau-Marcuse said...

This is at times what I do with poetry amidst the carnival of your American indie scene: and at those times I am like a small vulnerable insect caked with dung, among the high reeds of namelessness and sweaty Moby frustration hair product. I feel that I am a hundred years old, and that my poem-dung is like this also. French manicure Malkmus sniffer gear.

Ange M said...

Drew: Yes, I'm distancing myself from the notion. Naturally, *my* poems aren't sublimated poo-poo-play, as opposed to those "other poets"....

Ange M said...

And besides that, weren't you also implying that the Mother is also the primal Dumping ground, if you know what I mean?

Drew said...

I guess you are the primal test audience. Now he knows the kind of thing that doesn't test well!

rozydesouza said...

great ..thanks for sharing.....


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