Michael Bauer

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yah, well, i'm the beta and gamma to your alpha and omega, so let's play bridge. you can't lawyer your way into saying that everything is poetry, while bitching at critics for making poems about your poems. poetry is always about reality, and reality is about playing with words. let's play bridge.

cancer on the gemini cusp. i've been writing for 50 years and i still don't know how to write a short story that's not a poem without linebreaks. i've been around, and have to admit that i'm distilled down to just a poet. i think i write some of the most beautiful poetry ever written, but i don't think "beauty" is a too much desired quality in modern poetry. i do feel that if i will read philosophical thoughts, i'll read a philosopher... my poetry has to work the same universals that philosophers work or it's not poetry. i'm very musical, music builds my writing and is the inside soundtrack, even as i'm writing this... (it's a very open and star-aetherial Schubert Quartet today, cause i'm sad). real poetry builds an emotion, invents emotion in us, by building a landscape made out of raw and unheard melody. anyway, i love to write, and i just wanted to write this little thing today to kind of share back.

added, 8/07, a forum post from another site:

i'm speaking out of peace and introspection. this thought and thinking about how the parts of my body turn inward and become language is the great rebirth. i'm thinking you're thinking i'm argument'ive, but you're maybe seeing what you want, and you want passion and i'm just a simple catagory 5 storm with some fuzzy clouds around my head.


hummm... 'memory', 'moment' -- don't you sometimes think that memory is totally dynamic, and that when we write our poetry we not only come to understand meaning in our experience but, maybe, actually invent the experience? that image i used, the turning the body inward? that's like, i'm converting the expressive energies of my gestures, my dance expression, into some space of contrasts, where word is the skin of thought and our concepts come out all naked and frightening? and we clothe them in "this is like", and "once i saw...", and they can dance our dance?



i'm working on this image that occured to me, about how it is that my dance gestures, any reaching out into the world, are pushed back into my entire body so that it becomes a gesture... not a dance body motion, but an internalization of dance, and not in my head but in every part of me, because i'm suddenly conscious. and that's the many-levels, i think -- that our senses are suddenly part of the dance gesture as writing, and that we express "emotions" as dance gestures as poetry.

it would be neat if there were only dedicated writers here. there'd be no discussion like this, because we'd treat each other in good faith. it's the slackers that need the protection from their own darkness. why don't they write out that darkness and redeem themselves as artists and people? someone mentioned a "bhudda"... if it were so, then what would the buddha care if you have a body? i write body as landscape, and a picture is worth way less than a thousand words, if the words are important to the reader. body is part of nature.

added 8.11.07

most the reviews of my work that i do get make me think that the reader hardly read them -- skimmed them. the reviews i read of other's work make me think that most people here haven't written enough nor have read enough. i think people should stop looking at the pictures. you should be worried about your failures as writers and critics.

... i'm not really happy at all having to write this. it was for a forum, and forums are breeding grounds for bullies -- punking you out with self rightousness cause they can't punk out their boss... and i turn into a far more resonant person there than i'd like to be. it makes me think how to write, in order to respond to them, but it's not good for me. these are people who use writing, and it makes me doubt myself, because i use writing to try to understand. i'm spending too much time explaining things to myself so that i can explain to someone else... too much time? i've got a million years to write and one year to live. i have the time to try and say it better.

8.13.07

the problem for us is that most tribal art, village art is in an expected form, one which allows the story told, and with no variation. the hero always must win. we're inventing an art, and everyone is looking at it, even people who don't like art. they comment, they dispise, they praise... how can it be different from the jug? when does the jug begin to be a jug? at the rim, where you pour in the water? or at the corner of the room, when you hear your master say, "bring me that jug".

i bring it, but i do not know if it's a jug. they pour from it, but they hate its pure water.





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Posted 7 Years Ago


Where are you these days, Bauer? I am off to relive our glory days in the forums, if they still exist.

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Posted 8 Years Ago


Finally focusing on alidade review! Forgive me for the wait.

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Posted 9 Years Ago


thanks, paul, that's really sweet of you to say that. i hope your neighbors are quiet and that the stars are out.

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Posted 9 Years Ago


Poetry, a book by Michael Bauer, content warning, no chapters, perfect conceptual art from the mad mind of one my favourite alltime internet poets and people, you will always have a very special place in my mind and my heart, you are a legend, a wonderment and everyone around you should be grateful for your presence, i hope everythings okay and that you are fit and well and finding a wry smile here and there, you will always be Michael Bauer, Poet,

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Posted 9 Years Ago


Wow, it is intensely vacant around here.

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Posted 9 Years Ago



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Posted 9 Years Ago


HAPPYEST NEW YEAR MB!

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Posted 9 Years Ago


er, I dont have any new work? Haha, but Hey! how are you?

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Posted 9 Years Ago


Hi just wanted to *wave at cha

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Posted 10 Years Ago


Ahhh you dont own a phone:) That was a very heartful reason and I totally get you. Please do make some mpgs tho if youre ever inspired to. Know Im waiting to hear to add to that inspiration.
Id love to hear you read your work. Regardless of whose personality/voice you run in line with. I firmly believe that the intensity of a person is equal to the joy people recieve from hearing the work. Id rather hear you in the read than something clean.
I dont have the best voice but Its been so much fun to record myself. I was embarassed at first ( just me) but listening to things I did awhile ago really make me happy now. If only to document my mood changes n such.

Glad to be back. Thank you for the review. I know what youre saying. The last few things I posted were with no care, I was getting bored but im trying to care more for my posts now.

Im glad youre still here ill talk to you soon Mr MB. *waves*