I love road trips, and this poem, 'Non-lieux' by Erika Meitner, is full of road trip finds, everything from billboards to snatches of conversation picked up along the way.
"Non-lieux" seems to mean (and I had to do some googling to get at this, and I'm still not sure I've got it entirely right) non-place or, rather, non-places. Examples of non-places would include highways, airports, hotel rooms... places where the people and activities are transient, don't last. Or places where there's no fixed reference point; everyone is seeing the place from a different point of view, such as a shopping mall. Compared to, say, a theater, where everyone goes to see the same thing and the reference points are similar.
Anyhow, that's what I gathered. Please let me know if I'm wrong!
The "we" of this poem are obviously on the road, and the poem contains a chain of disconnected observations, sites, and snippets of conversations, all interesting, all exploring the idea the title puts forth.
This poem makes me want to go on a road trip. Right now.
In contrast to yesterday's poem, I didn't even think about the poet's background as I read, probably because I didn't need to. This setting is familiar; I've done the thing she writes about. She must be just like me!
Actually, she's not just like me. According to her website, she's three years younger than me. And she grew up on the East Coast. And, like yesterday's poet, she's first-generation American.
Okay, so she's not just like me. But this poem speaks to me, and I think I'd enjoy reading more of her work.
Speak to me!
Which brings up another interesting aspect of writing, or any creative expression, and that is whether or not it speaks to you. I've read a lot of great novels that I couldn't have cared less about. And some that I felt such a bond with, I couldn't shake it if I tried. Same with the visual arts, theater, music, etc. Some things just click, and you feel as you were meant to discover them.
And that is what's so great about exploring - you just might run across something that really speaks to you, and that's pretty exciting when it happens.
Week Five: Creative - Poem-A-Day