I am still I
Because the I must be on intimate terms with itself in order to undo itself.
Because the poem is the escape of the I, not an escape from the I.
Because the I of the poem is not the first person but the person.
Because the poem is the arising of the I, not an arising out of the I.
Because the I arises.
Lavinia Greenlaw has published three books of poems, most recently Minsk. Her two novels are Mary George of Allnorthover and An Irresponsible Age and she has also published a memoir, The Importance of Music to Girls. Her work for BBC radio includes programs about the Arctic, the Baltic, the solstices...