Very grateful this week both to the folks at the National Association for Episcopal Schools conference (#NAES12) for all the new learnings and to the Bellingham Review for publishing two of my poems. I also tried to reform myself as a tweeter this week, which is still challenging. It got me thinking about how time works on the Internet.
We have a cultural conception of time, but of course it’s constructed. Ask Radiolab if you don’t believe it. The two poems that BR took are wildly different in their approach, but not in tone. At the risk of indulging in too much narcissism, it’s interesting to see what the themes and obsessions that emerge above content are in my work. Anyway, it’s a little odd to have two pieces that were begun ten years apart move into the same internet address.
I was also thinking about time this week at the NAES conference. Not just because conferences seem to both stretch and compress hours (travel, overstimulation from content and conversation, etc.) but also because I attended a session about the future of the Episcopal church. It was a little heated (for Episcopalians.) The framing questions of technology, and mission, and message (I refuse to use the word ‘brand.’) were all at issue. But I wonder about the idea of future. As I watched the scrolling of activity of thoughts yelled out into the online birdcage, I was aware of different kids of time–not just chronos and kairos–but also internet time (moves much faster) and poetry time (moves much slower.) Like ten years between writing and publication. Many twitter futures fit into a single poetry future. It is good to have both.