Harbourwalk Poem W393

Is it easier –
Maybe more interesting –
Or funner to be –
A sculptor who takes away –
Or sculptor who adds to build?




Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.



Notes to this poem…

I have no idea, but as one who creates, I think it’d be easier to add to build, because you can always take away excess you put on without much evidence of your mistake, if any. You can’t put back stuff you take away that easily, especially if you hide it. I think it’d be funner to add due to frustrations of mistakes in taking away. As for interesting, it depends on what you call interesting, the challenge of not making many mistakes, or possibilities to try and discard ones you don’t like.

What do you think?

Given those viewpoints from someone who’s never really tried sculpting beyond some clay play, that’s why I think Michelangelo is such a genius. His works are not only magnificent, despite the challenging marble he has to begin with, but that he had to see them all as a “negative” from the bigger whole of the blocks of marble he had to start.

The W-series poems comprise mostly of haiku or tanka composed during walks I took on the portion of Halifax’s waterfront known as the Harbourwalk, during the warmer months of 2018 & 2019, when the Seabridge was in place.

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