The title of this blog is taken from a line from the movie version of “Mansfield Park,” and was written by the writer-director Patricia Rozema (it is often falsely attributed to Jane Austen). In context: Fanny Price has just retracted her agreement, made the previous day, to marry Henry Crawford; he has left angrily. The dialogue is as follows:
Susan Price (looking at her sister): Are you certain?
Fanny Price: I have no talent for certainty, Susy.
In the movie, the heroine is cast in what is, to me, a very relatable position: she is trying to do what’s right, but isn’t certain what that is. Hence my use of the quote: I write about what seems right to me, given that I have very little capacity for knowing with a certainty what that might be in most cases.
I have kept a number of blogs over the years; most of that time I wrote standard prose essays. I switched to poetry when I discovered I liked working in a genre that allowed me to convey a single thought at a time. The poems here tend to be short, because I am usually trying to convey single thoughts: some by forms of my own devising (“444” or “Byr” or “Kotoba” or “Logune” or “547“), some are more popular traditional forms (“Haiku“, “Tanka“, and “Shadorma” are three, but there are many others.) I’ve also adapted some little-known forms (such as “Lunes“) which I feel a particular affinity to.
I also write free form poetry that ranges over almost all facets of humanity. I deal mostly with individualities: of person, of place, of time, of feeling. I also occasionally post fictionalized versions of conversations between my wife and me, in a series called “Sketches“.
I appreciate all of you who’ve taken time to read any of my work; and I hope you’ll return again.
— Owen “Beleaguered” Servant, a/k/a/ Sibelius Russell