Biology of Poetry

“Poems need to be seen with the ear and heard with the eye.”

Poesy plus Polemics

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I write this with no claims to education or mastery of the art form. Rather, as an autodidact poet-in-training, I am ever humbled by my own efforts at poetry.  It is an exquisite obsession whose practice, over lengthy time, has revealed some of its truths to me. I offer them here for consideration or reflection.

If poetry will ever find wider appeal, garner deeper affection, two things appear necessary. One is perhaps obvious, the other less so.  Poetry needs to be read by people other than poets. In order for more of that to happen, poetry needs to be better understood by poets themselves.

Poetry is an eccentric literary species, with each poem an organic entity possessed of its idiosyncratic metaphysical biology. It is as different from prose as are mice from men.  The taxonomy of poetry, I believe, has more affinity with drama, and even more affinity with musical…

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    1. You’re very welcome! I’ve just recently returned to writing poetry after a 10-year hiatus (although just because I didn’t commit the poems on paper and left them inside my head before letting them blow away in the wind doesn’t mean I wasn’t making them) and your piece made me realize why I do it, and why I wish more people did appreciate it and understand it.

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