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Moira Richards

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When is a poem not a poem?

“when it does not allow for at least the same amount of possibility as a white sheet of paper” is my most favourite favourite but there’s a lots more favourites to choose from too


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  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Kelwyn Sole</a>
    Kelwyn Sole
    July 21st, 2011 @09:12 #

    Someone - I tink it was Nazim Hikmet, but it could have been Nicanor Parra - wrote a poem where he said that the only rule for a young poet was that he/she had to improve on the blank page.

    I think there is in particular a strong association of poetry with sound. It's interesting that this is the one thing poet-commentators as completely different (and spaced apart in time, place and beliefs) place, as Ezra Pound and Amiri Baraka have in common: "Poetry is speech musick'd" (Baraka).


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