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“Singing the Undulations”


Photograph by John Diamond, M.D.

Arthur Waley writes that Roger Fry, the art critic, “thought verse ought to be printed in lines that undulated in a way to reinforce the rhythms.”[1]

In essence, that’s what I try to do with my “compositions” – merely singing the undulations of the poet’s rhythms.

And I love his reference to undulation, for that is exactly as I feel the rhythms – as waves. With every line I observe my hand move to the particular waveform of the lines of the poet’s inner voice, singing.

My hand, conducted by the poet, undulates as it conducts my singing.


[1] One Hundred and Seventy Chinese Poems, New Edition (London: Jonathan Cape, 1962), p. 6.


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