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“Why are there so many people who think poems are like pretty little locks to be teased open? Why is there a vast majority in this country that suspects poetry has nothing to do with the real world where a person must work, fight in a war or struggle to make do? I’d wager that it has to do with something that has gotten into a heap of contemporary poetry and deadened it, making it about as interesting and relevant to others as a dog yipping at its own shadow: Irony.” — Tracy K. Smith
This is a great little article from the New York Times: read the rest here.
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Indeed that poem can shake us to the core and the core of our feelings
Well, I told my poetry not to smirk, but I probably write the very type of poetry she is talking about. LOL Oh well…. Excellent article and it does tend to provoke thoughts. :D
DiAnne Ebejer said:
Reblogged this on poetry and then some… and commented:
I seldom reblog anything but this so spoke to me and my penchant for poetry that sticks to humanity and simplicity. :)
One point of view. allowing that somethings are not specifically POETRY but poetic, one can put a lot of feeling into any anwe/enwy and find it touching the audience. I always liked Garfield for being a tad dark, or some Kurt Vonnegut neither of which are poetry but poetic perhaps. I adore the haiku form the occasional irony too. I find nothing less moving than some dripping honeyed happiness about a love so true as such appears only after I’ve had the opposite experience. but I will grant the largest form of poetry sold seems to be in song and happy or sad all seems moving…but the non rockstar might struggle to get a feeling of any kind acrossed.
thought-provoking – including the debate