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The New Math of Poetry


David Alpaugh discusses a familiar topic but does so by-the-numbers and with a bit of humor, which makes this article worth a read, I think:

"The new math analyzed here suggests that poetry is on Miracle-Gro and is rapidly becoming a jungle."

http://chronicle.com/article/The-New-Math-of-Poetry/64249/
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Kat, I've not read the article yet. But the Miracle-gro and jungle comment brings something to mind.

Rose gardens get dead-headed once a year, with bushes clipped back to main branches, all extraneous growth shorn. Apple trees get pruned of their water suckers once a year. I've pruned apple trees as old as me and not much taller. Vineyards get severely pruned back to a vine's trunk. There are a hundred year old grape vines in Bordeaux and Burgundy no taller than a child. The pruning forces, redirects, the plant's soil sucked energy into the production of fruit and flower sans the unneccesary out-growth. How is that for a metaphor?

Here is a You Tube thing involving one of the world's two greatest wine producing regions, both in France. I've drank all the five wines mentioned. I can say it is a sensual experience of an entirely different order. Notice the luxuriance of foliage in summer. Notice the huge clusters of hanging fruit in autumn. Notice the vineyards severely pruned come winter. Poetry.

http://salutwineco.wordpress.com/2009/12/13/aboutbordeaux/

Tere

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If you like satire, you might enjoy reading Jim Behrle's "24/7 Relentless Careerism: How you can become the most important poet in America overnight."

http://www.poetryfoundation.org/journal/article.html?id=238942
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