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Poetry Is Not


"Poetry is not a healing lotion, an emotional massage, a kind of linguistic aromatherapy. Neither is it a blueprint, nor an instruction manual, nor a billboard.”

Adrienne Rich
Mar/29/2012, 10:28 am Link to this post Send Email to Katlin   Send PM to Katlin
 
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I used to say this:

Poetry is neither comment, consolation, or complaint. It is a shiver and a seizure.

I still say it.

Tere
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I remember hearing this as a child. I did not recall who said it so I just looked it up and it was Marianne Moore. She said, "Poetry is the art of creating imaginary gardens with real toads." I like what Rich and Tere say about poetry even more, but this thread called this to mind. It has always stuck with me. I think it is really what is in my head all the time when I try to teach my students about writing.
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Tere,

Keep saying it! Your comment is as powerful as Rich's.

vkp,

I've always liked that Moore quote too, the whole poem that line comes from.
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