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the p-word

Tag: Poetics

SHREDDED

Customers who bought Selected Poems by William Wordsworth also bought a shredder.

  

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DISTRACTED

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‘Distracted from distraction by distraction.’

T.S. Eliot, ‘Four Quartets, 1: Burnt Norton’, in Collected Poems 1909-1962 (Faber & Faber)

SOME QUESTIONS ABOUT POETRY

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after Padgett Powell

Are the best poems questions or answers?
Can poetry be taught? Who should teach it?
What is the point of that poem about
Plums? If I were to write, for example,
‘Deep in the forest the fern fronds unfurl’,
Would you find it outdated, poetic,
Or plain weird? Is poetry outdated?
What does a poet look like exactly?

Do you think there is sufficient order
In the world to justify perfect rhyme?
What level of disorder, in your view,
Would justify free verse? Do you believe,
As some do, that poets ‘feel’ more
Than the average human being? Well?
Are the best poems answers or questions?

CAMARADEFEST II

Fantastic day at Camaradefest II last weekend. 100 poets in 50 pairs read new collaborations over the course of one day at Rich Mix in Shoreditch, London. Here’s mine and Sarah Dawson‘s. It was incredibly inspiring & humbling to be part of this unique event celebrating the breadth of contemporary [experimental] poetry in the uk. Watch the rest of the videos here.

ONLY POETRY ISN’T SHIT

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‘Poetry is the one thing that isn’t contaminated, the one thing that isn’t part of the game. Only poetry—and let me be clear, only some of it—is good for you, only poetry isn’t shit.’

Roberto Bolaño, 2666 (Picador)