"These opening verses of Genesis are well known. I suggest that we read them backwards. A strange lyricism awakes as these famous phrases are wrecked:
And the earth, the earth and the heavens God created in the beginning God and the spirit of deep upon the face of and darkness and void waste was And there was light let there be God and said waters.
The language acquires a strange agency, a weird reversed reality: ‘And there was light let there be God.’ There is more poetry in reading the text we know by heart backwards. (We sleep in the language, if language does not come to wake us with its strangeness.)"
Ilya Kaminsky, “Of Strangeness That Wakes Us” (Poetry, January 2013)