Limited at Either End By Rebeka Sara Szigethy

Little is said about durability.

In its very limitedness
Lord in the beauty and holiness
may be entirely ignorant.

They admit that

the Lord will guarantee
twenty-five years for organs.
It predicts two results:

The subject is limited at either end
so to be prepared,
in due time, a much larger space has to be considered.

So far as I am aware,
they should,
for special circumstances of emergency,
carefully examine the merits of the various systems.

 


Source: The Organ of Tradition by Noel A. Bonavia-Hunt (London: Roberts, 1939)

Method: Regardless of the type of source I am using, I normally try to limit the amount of source text to 1-2 pages; this allows and also slightly forces me to read and understand the source more thoroughly and closely. Usually I quickly pick a few phrases that will serve as the skeleton of my poem, the real challenge always comes at the end: by that time the poem has a life of its own, and I must finish it so that the rhythm of images and thoughts is maintained, while still restrained to the same couple of pages I initially chose.

Rebeka Sara Szigethy is a Hungarian artist living in Folkestone, UK. She holds an MA in Hungarian Language & Literature, currently studies Fine Art at the University for the Creative Arts in Canterbury, and also has certificates in Printmaking and Journalism. Her poetic and scholarly work (both in English and in Hungarian) has been published in various journals and collections since 2006. She is the co-founder of the creative hub The Drawer Project, where she leads creative workshops, most recently on found poetry at the Folkestone Book Festival 2016.