I can’t help thinking about that Spicer poem, Thing Language: “This ocean, humiliating in its disguises/ Tougher than anything./ No one listens to poetry. The ocean/ Does not mean to be listened to. A drop/ Or crash of water. It means/ Nothing.” These poems are from a book I wrote about water. I don’t know why. But I wrote a book about water. Things matter.
Sampson Starkweather is co-founder and editor of Birds, LLC, an independent poetry press. He is the author of Self Help Poems, forthcoming Greying Ghost Press, The Heart is Green from So Much Waiting from Immaculate Disciples Press, City of Moths from Rope-a-Dope Press, and The Photograph from Horse Less Press. He is an editor of physics and chemistry books.