~ I just landed an internship as all-around-worker/proofreader for an arts and letters magazine*. Though I'm not quite sure how I qualified or what I did to qualify for the job. I got in along with a girl from Ateneo University. Of course, she was more sociable than I was and spoke more during the meeting.
~ Lately, I've been thinking a lot about what qualifies as certain things. Like, "What qualifies as a prose-poem?" or "What qualifies as being a model to other people?"
~ I ask what qualifies a work to become a prose-poem (or verse or prose...) because I believe a work announces itself to be something just by its appearance. Language and style also contribute. But for people, it's always how something looks first.
~ Could it be that the proliferation of prose-poems is also a symptom of this spirit of indecisiveness or of a long-due attempt to break tradition or, as the Moderns would have it, resolve a problem by dissolving everything? Nobody seems to be making a strong comment on anything or would present oneself in a rigid fashion. Everyone believes in the fluidity of things (among others, sexuality), multi-facetedness. No one wants to make a stand because that would compromise politcal correctness (if I'm correct) and make one look like a narrow-minded prude. I just think. Of course, the prose-poem (as well as believing that there is not one stand) also has its own merits.
~ I ought to revisit Rimbaud, Mallarme, and Baudelaire. They were the proponents of the flaneur and the form of prose-poem (well, Rimbaud, most prominent. Mallarme did spaces. Baudelaire, I think, forwarded the flaneur.)
~ I think, speak, and write of this because I've long supposed--- through others' perception of me--- that I'm a poet. Thus, I'm entitled to talk about poetry and stuff related to it. (But I personally maintain that I'm not anything, though my peers still insist I'm something of a poet. I'm just a nothing who writes "Tweets from Underground.") What makes me qualify as a poet? It's just as elusive as my non-existent qualifications as intern/proofreader.
~ I'm always into some sort of existential crisis or another.
*The magazine appears online as well as in print. There are plans to distribute a few copies in the U.S.A. (I'm really invested in this non-paying work. Well, I just really like to work a lot and take classes in and out of school.)