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Vince Laws considers 'audacity' and makes another version of 'i am a poem' / 14 July 2010

photo of a reflection in a shop window showing Vince Laws I am a Poem sculpture

I am a poem. Photo © Vince Laws

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...and one day in the future
at a university lecture
a lass will lift a languid limb
and ask, almost seductively
if you the poet, writing this now
really had the audacity
all those years ago
to write 'work as good as this
got me here

I want to make a visual representation of the poem audacity, above, to go in a gallery window. I’ve cut out postcard letters spelling audacity. I’m going to suspend audacity in front of a mirror so it looks like it’s hanging in the air.

Later… In my head, this piece looks audacious because the letters hang down a long way and are perfectly aligned and give the viewer black letters to the front and bright red reflections, but in reality the letters are likely to be slightly uneven in all directions. Both height and resting position seem important. I’ll do that tomorrow. Do I want to paint the front red too? Or paint them all black?

The question is, and I can’t answer it until I see it – is it a good representation of audacity…. I will see tomorrow…

Tomorrow… I’ve just come back from walking the dog and thinking about audacity. I’m not happy that text in front of a mirror conveys audacity. Instead, I’m going to put a pile of my poetry books in front of the burning I AM A POEM with one copy open at the page audacity appears on. Sorted.

Just that and hanging in the window there’s a love poem Avalanche…. so I’ll put a pile of Small Frayed Knot in the window, with one copy open at Avalanche…. Enough.

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