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Rachel Temkin. Click the Next or Previous links below the poem to navigate between poems. Remember, Poetrysoup is an environment of encouragement and growth. Thank you.
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Artist statement 1
These small instances of unabashed humanity
That grow grand when isolated and transfix the senses
Become loud and brash while still remaining a small, subdued world within the world.
With stories that flicker in an out of my existence as they proceed on within their own
And I will never know except for how I choose to know them.
And myself, alike a stranger, will flicker in and out of my perception
And briefly will engage on its terms alone
To find that the tragedies of life are quelled by unnoticed and quiet reformations
Having shared them, at the core, the passions and pitfalls of people you will never know including yourself drive you to fall in love twenty times a day with the mere ghosts of subway riders,
The lines in the face, the strange depression felt from the broken bottle in the sidewalk crack, overheard conversations
the pure ecstatic joy of light through the curtain of leaves, the man playing a nostalgic melody on a park bench
These small wonders that exist as compositions in real time.
The act of synthesizing that purity into a form that can be accepted as true for one and true for all
-Albeit unique truths
Provoke and challenge to become more than what they are and invite sweet commiseration.
to tell a story confident in the idea that one truth is the truth for all and they will find their own way to theirs.
Succumbing to tradition is no more valuable than obsession.
Why suppress trivial passions?
Push and twist and distort the exoskeleton
Because through the material, the working, the molding, these emotional turmoils, the spirit of humor, the charisma forces its way to the surface and is hopefully unmasked.
Strip the context and copy.
Be gloriously and inexorably redundant.