It’s 2:30 and I’m up typing away knowing I have a meeting at 7:30. Certain lines of research came together earlier this evening as I read Joan Dargan’s book on Simone Weil (Simone Wei: Thinking Poetically, SUNY 1999). By placing Weil’s ascetic Platonism (not Dargan’s phrase) in the context of poetry from Baudelaire to Heaney, she provides a new starting point for my old concept “metaxyturn.” That concept is a response to the immemorial agon between philosophy and poetry, a battle I have been waging with myself as long as I can remember. Tonight’s thought-storm comes after a building up of pressure — there’s a barometric metaphor here — caused by my post on Maggie Smith’s poem “Good Bones.” (That’s posted at http://thepoembetween.com.) Which I felt did not go down well! It’s an application of a standard of poetry forged in the war with Plato, so I’m unrepentant. But I was ready for some fresh support, and I found it in Dargan. See now http://dailymetaxy.com. I’m hopeful that I can find ways of talking about all this that aren’t so off-putting to poets. It’s at the core of what I do as a writer.