H e a r t S o n s & H e a r t D a u g h t e r s of A l l e n G i n s b e r g
N a p a l m H e a l t h S p a : R e p o r t 2 0 1 4 : A r c h i v e s E d i t i o n
How to Compose
Q. Can I borrow the music
when I no longer hear it?
A. To write your way out of darkness is possible.
First, set yourself on fire.
Then, as whatever can be destroyed is burned away,
search for the spareness and brevity that remains,
the way moonlight pierces curtains.
Give up effort entirely,
languish, the way my fingers
radiate from my palm
yet remain embedded in my hand.
Or how without effort when I lift my hand
there remains an imprint,
an echo on the page
of something generated in another world.
[Originally published in NHS 2008, http://www.poetspath.com/napalm/nhs08/Randy_Roark.htm.]