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

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Direct

I liked saying in a poem exactly what I mean, directly.  This is problem,  since indirectness, ambiguity, are seen as poetic virtues. So what I've taken to doing is to speak directly after all, but in a tone that suggests I may not be serious.  So this is not ironic, in the sense of saying the opposite of what I mean, but just a moderation of tone sufficient to let the reader know that I know you aren't supposed to be that direct.

Otherwise it's a bald statement of something too ridiculous to state.

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