Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Poets nform us

How we find a poet can matter as much as that we found them. I found Robinson Jeffers in no school curriculum or course reading list, just an old junkshop paperback; scandalous, blasphemous voluntary exile George Gordon, (Noel, 6th Baron Byron), dares us to read him wherever he is (most h.s. & college anthologies.) Later, when I had to read John Donne in college, I learned how to un/pack a poem's bit-stream. What's Heather McHugh nform us of? Ocean as bounding metaphor for our Existence. (So does Walt Whitman.) Poets nform us of poetic possibilities. (B!G, small, mundane, otherwise.)

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