First off I want to thank Miriam Sagan for inviting me to participate on her amazing blog, Miriam’s Well. Not only has it been a great chance to think about art, poetry, and literature but a great incentive to write every week. The blog itself, I think, is a unique phenomenon in that it feels more like a community (both local and global) than a “platform.” Miriam’s generosity, inclusiveness, and DIY sense of the importance of poetic community comes through in every post, and I am honored to have been a part of that.
And an additional thank you for letting me launch my own blog, here! It is inspired, in no small part, by Miriam’s Well! Here is the first post, and a link to the blog itself: http://michaelakahn.blogspot.com/.
New Blog: What is a fulcrum and a bear?
A bit of a strange name for a blog I suppose – when I first thought of the idea for a blog and was tossing around names, I kept coming back to a poem I wrote a few years ago – published in this year’s Santa Fe Literary Review (out now). The more I kept thinking about the poem, the more I thought that it holds within it the seeds of a philosophy – a way of looking at the world – that is what I would want for my blog.
To me the poem is about an urge toward change – not just political or economic change – but a shift of perception that touches on everything. In the world of my poem the fulcrum of this change is not from the world of technology, not made from the usual materials of our current age – it is something from the earth itself: a chthonic energy.
Chthonic comes from the Greek, khthon, one of the Greek words for earth – particularly in or under the earth. In psychology it is used as a term for the spirit of nature within the psyche. My own definition is a bit more complicated – the poem probably does a better job of heading toward defining it than I can here. And it is part of what I want to explore in this blog. So here’s the poem to launch the blog … where the main theme … in a really eclectic way…will be about the question of who are we as human beings on planet earth.
To read the poem and entire post, click here
Editor’s Note. It’s been wonderful to have Michaela as a guest blogger. Now it is sort of like having a friend move to Portland, Oregon–glad she is going somewhere great, sorry to see her go, and realizing, hey, I can visit whenever I want! Make sure to follow her, and I’ll be linking to her work from time to time.