"The problem with this poem, as with so many poems, is not that it needs to be more “creative” or “imagistic,” but that the poem’s consciousness in relation to the poem’s content is not genuine. It’s more or less all stance, and lying. In other words, I was not ready to write this poem."
- Matthew Zapruder - from https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2019/10/17/how-to-write-a-poem-about-noguchi/
you do not have to be a fire
every mountain blocking you.
you could be a water
soft river your way to freedom
“The purpose of poetry is to return that which is familiar to its original strangeness.”
And I tell people who struggle with poetry that’s how you should experience poetry too, the way you experience weather. You shouldn’t go into it saying, ‘What is the code? What is the meaning? How do I solve this riddle?’ It’s not a riddle, it’s an atmosphere. And I think that the more I talk to you, the more I feel that you’re a weather-maker as well as a hope-keeper. I think that’s ultimately what we do – we create atmospheres people can embody.