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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

How-To Poetry Lesson Two: Arranging the Bricks 0 Intro

(Yesterday the universal subconscious lost its faith in “integrity” by the margin of one soul.)
Now that’s out of the way; we can begin.

“Poetry is the pruning of language into an organic structure.”
“Poetry is the erection of words into rhythmic patterns.”
“Poetry is philosophy condensed.”
“Poetry is not encouraged in academic writing.”

But most of all poetry is active.

A writer not only energizes language, but channels it down a particular string of circuits.

A carefully directed linkage intensifies a poem’s speculative richness.

Think of it like a micro-macro relationship.


Until the next beautiful thing comes along,

2 footnotes:

Dr.Goodz said...

Until the next beautiful thing comes along?
if-poetry is active, then-does it wait for the next beautiful thing to come along?

isn't poetry just the malnutrition of superficiality? doesn't poetry make beautiful when it may not be readily available?

poetry a farce, the poet a lunatic. a snake may be a snake to some, but in reality it may hold more power than the a-bomb. dreams, intangible, are poetry. words, misunderstood, is poetry. beauty is in the tension between clarity and lunacy.

Anonymous said...

infatuated until the next beautiful thing comes along - a more beautiful thing.

Until the most beautiful thing comes along.

The salutation had little to do with anything besides the vulnerability of my psyche.