Don’t use the phone. People are never ready to answer it. Use poetry. (Jack Kerouac)
Browsing today through a book of poems by Alistair Te Ariki Campbell, I began noticing how often he’d written poems to specific people — using verse as a vehicle for communicating, and not just being arty.
Jack Kerouac’s advice rings true resonates deeply with me as I remember the phone-calls that might have worked better as poems … and the poems that would have made disastrous phone-calls.
Blogging gives us the best of both worlds — enabling us to combine poetry and telephony, as it were, to deliver messages with subtlety, simplicity and a certain style. But maybe messages of an intimate one-to-one nature would best be confined to Facebook chat or IM.