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    "I turned to collage early, to get away from writing poems about my overwhelming mother. I felt I needed to do something 'objective' that would get me out of myself.

    "I would take a novel, take one or two words from every page, and try to make a structure. But when I looked at the collage poems a while later: they were still about my mother.

    "This was a revelation—and a liberation. I realized that subject matter is not something to worry about. Our concerns and obsessions will surface no matter what we do."

    —Rosmarie Waldrop, "Collage and the First-Person Singular"

    A nice, lengthy essay about Waldrop's use of collage can be read here.

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    Tuesday, April 07, 2009
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