Monday, October 21, 2013

Robert Fernandez, "On Poetry and Spirit"

"Music is the human sway that coaxes spirit. One is taken up by music, not the other way around. Music is a gift. And one must have a predisposition for and must learn to accept the gift of music. One must learn to submit to the poem’s music and to be taken up.

This is the beginning—onset of the possible. The poet’s responsibility is this pleading for and humble submission to music, through which spirit arrives and makes transformation possible.

What was once known as God is the will toward which I pitch my life. What was once known as Love is the will toward which I pitch my work. I am the servant of the Light and of the Muses, and I know their desirable gift."

Saturday, October 19, 2013

The Gift

Congratulations to my partner, Eleanor Catton, on her Man Booker win. She is the most talented and passionate person I have ever known, and I feel absolutely privileged to share this experience with her and her beloved publishing teams at Granta and Victoria University Press. The outpouring of support and congratulations from friends and family all around the world has been extraordinary, uplifting. From the bottom of my heart, thank you all.