Monday, April 4, 2011

Taxonomy and Grace

Joseph P. Wood writes a long meditation about theory and categorizing of poetry, and about WS Merwin, and MFAs, and academia (and even Oprah).
"While creative writing in American literature has always had camps, movements (and the prerequisite back-biting and bickering), I believe our current poetic climate is so conflicted and contentious that we have done away with talking about poems on their own organic terms."
He talks about categorizing poetry, and the creeping disease of academia.
Yet, despite it all, he concludes:
"I still believe — however naively — that poems can speak to other human beings and can make collective society consider our own convictions, experiences, and beliefs."

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The poet doesn't invent. He listens. ~Jean Cocteau