- Understanding Poetry Is More Straightforward Than You Think
- Matthew Zapruder Celebrates Poetry’s ‘True Strangeness’ (commentary by Harriet Staff)
He says "Zapruder mostly reiterates a dominant U.S. rhetoric about poetry and art, a rhetoric that tends to dismiss the excessive and the strange, emphasizing the importance of "accessible" poetry", and suggests "If we can leave behind the constant injunction of our gatekeepers and tastemakers to comply with aesthetics of the "straightforward," we can embrace intense meadows and ecstatic riddles. Jäderlund, Hopkins, Zurita, Lynch, Jefferson all offer a different route, an ecstatic, visionary route that says: poetry is a strange force that can take over your minds and bodies, transport you out of what you think you know and take you into a new kind of mysterious knowledge."
A new battle in an old war. But, does a weird and ecstatic poem necessarily have to be one that can't be literal? Possibly they're both right.