Friday, May 26, 2006

What's next?

Sometimes when I read poetry, I just see the work of the poetry, rather than poetry. I ask myself then, “Is this still poetry?” Sometimes the poetry has been worked out of it completely. And then even as prose, as it seemingly appears to be, it isn’t enchanting either.

I need to find myself a good definition of what exactly is poetry (for me). Whatever it ends up being, it should be transparent. If the work exclaims itself ever so loudly, then it isn’t. The more poetry I read, the less the definition is finite. I am losing the boundaries of what it was for me, and I am hoping that this blasts away my preconceptions to allow for surprise.

What will be next?

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