a moment of grace from Dennis Lee. Lee considers his writing process a form of listening which he calls “cadence.” For Lee, cadence engages all the senses, vibrating throughout the body itself:
“What does cadence feel like?
Imagine you’re sitting indoors. Down in the basement, a group with a heavily amplified bass is rehearsing. Nothing is audible, but the pulsating of the bass starts to make the girders and beams vibrate. And eventually the vibration makes its way into your body. You feel yourself being flexed by a tremor which you’re bound to acknowledge, whether or not you know what it is.
That sensation is disorienting, because it collapses our familiar categories of inner and outer, subject and object. You don’t perceive a vibration; you vibrate. Your muscular system has become both the recording instrument and the thing recorded. And the pulse you feel is neither subjective nor objective. Rather, it is your immediate portion of the kinaesthetic space in which you exist.”