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HOW TO KNIT A POEM -- Gwyneth Lewis, 2007 The whole thing starts… 
24th-Aug-2009 02:48 pm
Writing - XanaDuMalion
HOW TO KNIT A POEM -- Gwyneth Lewis, 2007

The whole thing starts with a single knot
and needles. A word and pen. Tie a loop
in nothing. Look at it. Cast on, repeat

the procedure till you have a line
that you can work with.
It’s a pattern made of relation alone,

my patience, my rhythm, till empty bights
create a fabric that can be worn,
if you’re lucky and practised. It’s never too late

to pick up dropped stitches, each hole a clue
to something that might be bothering you,
though I link mine with ribbons and pretend

I meant them to happen. I make a net
of meaning that I carry round
portable, to work on sound

in trains and terrible waiting rooms.
It’s thought in action. It redeems
odd corners of disposable time,

making them fashion. It’s the kind of work
that keeps you together. The neck’s too tight,
but tell me honestly: How do I look?

<http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/aug/18/giant-knitted-poem>

[h/t feste_sylvain]
Comments 
24th-Aug-2009 06:58 pm (UTC)
Reminds me of a story told by one of my favorite knitterly writers. She'd finished this gorgeous lace shawl, and had it pinned out to block. She got so excited she dragged her non-knitter husband to look at it, knowing he was bound to be less excited than she was, but his response was "You tie complicated knots around air, of course you're excited," and she knew he 'got' it.
24th-Aug-2009 06:59 pm (UTC)
OMG I LOVE THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
24th-Aug-2009 07:01 pm (UTC)
Yeah. :)
24th-Aug-2009 07:19 pm (UTC)
"to pick up dropped stitches, each hole a clue
to something that might be bothering you,"

Whew! These two blew me away!
25th-Aug-2009 04:59 am (UTC)
LOVE.

Thank you for sharing this :)
28th-Aug-2009 10:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you for linking this!
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