067.1: William Stobb:: Organism & Holiday
20 June 2011
The first poem below from William Stobb begins: "To the extent I am invisible, I remain". Each of the poems below considers questions of existence and non-existence and what it means to remain living. The invisibility of the first speaker is his basis for remaining, but his visibility is the basis for our knowledge of his existence. The world of this poem is populated with beings trying desperately to find a space of existence: a cover band, a stripper, the Hollywood sign. Each of these players performs an act that attempts to ensure recognition of the other, whether it is through the medium of texting, dancing, or routinely being destroyed in films. These are all, along with the poet, the poem and the reader, "humbler items" that "go on reflecting, absorbing, emitting" in the quixotic quest for existence.