i recently started to think about the incredible amount of information that is forwarded even by our ”tiny little” poetry blog. who can digest, process or even develop an unflagging stay ”on (the) line” as regards the enormous amount of information=input given? there is on the one hand this incredible medium internet, its rhizomatic spreadability, its billboard or blackboard facility: one simply shows up (= logs on) and leaves a note. and i truly think that’s partly fantastic. on the other hand the ”ciao and then ciao again” (= we’ll have to get on with our real lives) makes ongoing and in-depth dialogue really difficult. i take myself as an example: i have posted 2 poems, a some-page-long translation, a translation of a poem, and some comments (again a poem among those) in the course of let’s make it two weeks. if i take myself seriously, considering myself a poet-cum-writer-with-translation-facilities, i’d say, well that’s probably enough for the discussion forum already. of course there have been a good many and deeply thought and felt entries apart from the ones i posted. (as i ‘m babbling on you’ll already start to think: oh well now, get to the point! … very well:) i want to stand up for slowing the whole thing down! do you remember the soulfulness of the slow food of thoughts that might be called ”letters”? well, i think no!: i am convinced that there is something about the slowness of dealing with, going into and entering into something that has been said, and i have got the impression that the internet and its fabulous possibilities are too short-lived, too ciaociao (chiedo scusa alla communità italiana ma è ormai diventato un’internazionalismo) to become seriously engaged in in-depth dispute. i would wish that rizoma was growing at a slower pace and was putting down roots in the depth rather than the velocity of response of its deeply soulful members.
(please, do tear this apart, to pieces, kick it, hit it … i’d love to invite strong opinions, feelings .. you name it!)