As part of my research project I am continuing to explore possibilities for composing poems using various arrangements of lyric voices. Formulating those experiments in poetry has also brought me to consider ‘voices’ in prose. I was aware that attempting writings in both poetry and prose forms at this time could be problematic. Perhaps I would end up confusing the two and producing a hybrid form before I had developed poetry and prose as separate concepts in my writing practice. My research already being threefold in forms of writing and focused on poetry, I did not welcome engaging with any unnecessary complication. Experimenting and finding my way in one area of my writing practices seemed enough.
Poetics, as I have come to know, is vital to my writing in either, in any, form. In beginning to develop my poetics of lyric voice in poetry, I discovered I was developing a distinct idea of ‘voices’ in prose as well. These distinctions began to allow me to write both poetry and prose with a renewed clarity of purpose. I am working with the idea that I move differently through each in language, while maintaining a similarly heightened use of the music of words and rhythms along the lines.
In writing poetry, language is accumulating and simmering in the background in readiness to populate the page. The language for prose comes from a narrative forming, unravelling, filling itself out. In moving between poetry and prose, what each is, and does, in relation to my writing practice, has begun to distinguish itself and create its ‘other’ as being made differently. I like these distinctions and similarities. I have a way to go in composing my poetics of lyric voices in poetry; it should be open ended journey (with the necessary stop points!). As I travel along it is a privilege to continue making attempts to sing in both forms.