Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Clean Lines



So, anyway, there are many forms of beauty. That's thought one, and not terribly deep. The other is this: What is the poet for in America today? What is the poet to do, in and with language?
And for whom? "Yada-yada," is the first answer that comes to mind.
Ah, sweet little questions to take us into this spring Tuesday.

2 Comments:

At 3/27/2007 9:35 AM, Blogger Keith Woodruff said...

Good questions.

Yada-yada might is also be the second answer that comes to mind.

Beyond that I would say …

What is the poet for in America today?

I don’t know that much has changed as far as the poet’s role is concerned. Same responsibilities, purpose, etc. Like the good doctor said, “it is difficult to get the news from poems, yet men die miserably every day for lack of what is found there.”

Isn’t this what poets are for here, anywhere? Making sure what people find “there” is vital.

What is the poet to do, in and with language? It must give pleasure.

And for whom? Everyone, especially those who’ve been eliminated from American Idol.

My two cents.

 
At 3/29/2007 8:04 AM, Blogger John Gallaher said...

Keith,

Yeah, I hear you. There's a part of me though, that wants to take it to the elemental. As poems are surface compositions in words, there is no "for" involved beyond the act of composition itself.

I suppose I'm not being very social these days. Hah!

 

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