Meditation on a Bar Stool

"'Meditation on a Bar Stool' is a video poem [and] a meditation on breath, life, and death inspired by Buddha's teachings, which may or may not have expired. The poem uses simple animations suggestive of the swelling of a chest as one draws breath, the thinness that comes from letting it out, and the burning of a cigarette. Aptly paced for the meditative contemplation of words, and lines, the poem begins with a quote from Buddha, emphasizing some of its language through animation and scheduling, and then presenting a response from the speaker, who sits at a bar stool, savoring some of the guilty pleasures life has to offer. As you read (and reread) this concise lyric poem, think of what it's doing with certain binary opposites: exhale/inhale, life/death, outside/inside, and via negativa / via positiva." -- From I Love E-Poetry


Poems That Go

Published in 2000 by Poems That GO in Volume 1.

This copy was given to Megan Sapner Ankerson and Ingrid Ankerson in Spring 2019. Preserved with Ruffle.js by the Electronic Literature Lab.