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.

Originally Published: April 24th, 2012

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...