David Margoshe‘s poem, “Becoming a Writer” was featured on the blog Numero Cinq, a literary blog which originated as an online tool for Masters students of Creative Writing, and has since developed into what some call “a warm place on the cruel web,” and reading it “like eating something really good in small spoonfuls, some sugar, some fire, mostly fire.” “Becoming a Writer” was published in Tightrope’s The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2009. Check out the full article here. To buy The Best Canadian Poetry 2009, click here.
Becoming a Writer
What could be easier than learning to write?
Novels, poems, fables with and without morals,
they’re all within you, in the heart, the head,
the bowel, the tip of the pen a diviner’s rod.
Reach inside and there they are, the people
one knows, their scandalous comments,
the silly things they do, the unforgettable feeling
of a wet eyelash on your burning cheek.
This moment, that, an eruption of violence,
a glancing away, the grandest of entrances,
the telling gesture, the banal and the beautiful,
all conspire with feeling and passion to transport,
to deliver, to inspire. Story emerges
from this cocoon, a crystalline moment, epiphanies
flashing like lightbulbs above the heads
of cartoon characters. All this within you
where you least expect it, not so much in the head
as under the arms, glistening with sweat, stinking
with the knowledge of the body, the writer
neither practitioner nor artisan but miner, digging
within himself for riches unimagined, for salt.