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Anxious gatekeeping

Analogous to nervous cluelessness is something we might call “anxious gatekeeping.”   This is desire to police the borders of poetry, or of...

Friday, February 10, 2017

If poetry...

If poetry is the "conquest of imaginative freedom"

I'm sure you won't even agree with that but

If that's what poetry is, then

Why won't that phrase even fit in the poem?

What would it take for that phrase to fit in a line

To imagine saying it so openly?


And actual poems, in all their usual misery

So far from any possible "freedom of the imagination"

As though to deflate that pretention, cruelly.  

Yet in poems I have felt that freedom.



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