Today is my birthday. In an unplanned coincidence, today is also the day that Molly Brodak (this month’s wonderful editor of Everyday Genius) posted the longest poem I have ever written, “Disintegration Loop 1.1,” for William Basinski. (You might find it easier to read if you actually download the PDF. Then you can go full screen, which I like.)
I wrote the poem over several weeks, waking each morning and playing this video of lower Manhattan, recorded during the last hour of daylight on September 11, 2001. The music is a “decaying pastoral loop Basinski had recorded in August 2001.” While the music and video played across the room, I sat in a chair with my paper and wrote for the full hour. Or rather, I sat for an hour and wrote when it occurred to me to do so.
It was not like writing any other poem.