typing up a funding application whilst listening to Vaughn Williams, there is an irony at play somewhere here.
does writing about a nation's wounds bring the danger of making them holy as Czesław Miłosz says?
Tuesday, 15 August 2006
Can't help but feeling that we must be very careful at the moment not to repeat the mistakes of the past. As a writer our modern times and the behaviour of people at this time is of the utmost interest to me, as a human being these times are a great worry. I'm not for anyone killing anyone, having lived in Northern Ireland during the troubles I know that it's easy to tar each other as sides, and each being the other. it is always the greater good that is the matter. blowing people up no matter how you see them is no answer, either as a terrorist, or as a democritising force. Alienation and powerlessness are not over come by terror. so what is the way? I am only a poet, and whilst i can and do write about the politics of this time, right now, i feel that the only thing I can do, is no not be afraid to make beauty happen amongst the garden of thorns that we have planted over the last 30 years. My flag has no colours on it, and it is no flag of surrender, it is a flag of beauty which is not owned by anyone, but for the greater uplift, and the greater good.