Day: April 11, 2016

Incidental Notes on Flowers ~ a suite of poems

I composed Incidental Notes on Flowers in late 1997 while living in an abandoned institution previously inhabited by people with intellectual disabilities. The occasional fragment was inspired by the strange graffiti in the communal bathrooms and the odd silences in the hollows. The poems took particular shape one night in November during a violent tropical storm which flooded the ground floor of the building. I sat on a bench in the industrial kitchen, writing by candle light as lightening crashed into the ocean and knee deep water drowned everything I owed in the world.