Chapter 3 of Writing the Mind Alive talks about PW as a path to better writing. I've been thinking that this site would be a natural for folks to talk about the writing they are doing, the joys it brings them, the downs it generates. What about poetry, for openers? When do you love it? When do you hate it? Is it even necessary anymore? Here's a little gem by James Schuyler:
A White City
My thoughts turn south a white city we will wake in each other's arms. I wake and hear the steam pipe knock like a metal heart and find it has snowed.
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Like most American poets of the last 100 years, I tend to write in free verse, and not traditional rhymes and meters. But when a master writes in this way, magic can happen. The following poem , "The Woods," is by Hayden Carruth, from his Scrambled Eggs & Whiskey.
Finally the woods are stripped down and the great trees are gone,
leaving a tangle of saplings and vines, used up and ugly, confused signs
of the simplicities that once were here, the high crown for tanagers, glades for the deer.
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The following poem," English not spoken here," is by Eileen Hennessy. I think it is a marvelous example of what can happen one when writes from feelings. Eileen and I are working on a book, "From PW to Poetry."
English not spoken here,
only the grumble of walls being hacked to dust and rubble by squat silent men with round bronze faces and narrow dark eyes, clothes, embedded with plaster dust and cockroach fossils.
Two by two the men push man-tall bins of rubble to the elevator, the street, the garbage truck grinding its jaws. No need for language
in this labor of rubbishing, a building big enough to hold the home villages of these men and their families, long since broken to silence.
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If you are thinking about poetry in particular and culture in general, I want to recommend a review of four books by John Palattella in the October 4 issue of The Nation.
One question it raises for me is this, is poetry necessary today? All kinds? What kind of poetry turns me on, off? Can poetry be written solely for the page or does it have to be performed today? and etcetera.