This is one I haven’t heard anyone ask for a while.
Maybe it’ll be interesting? (Even with its
desire to totalize the experience of poetry [making it, I guess, unanswerable].
But sit with it. The second question here tries to focus it down a bit, in a
kind of interesting way.)
Do poetry and
music and painting tend to screen or protect people from experience, or
tend to stimulate them and awaken them into a deepening of that experience? Do
you think that this screening or stimulating can be compatible in the same
work? Can there be an effective
deepening and widening and an almost scary sort of unsettling in the poem, as
well as a certain kind of elusive protectiveness inculcated by the work, too?