Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Poems for August 6

Poems for August 6
“A poet’s function . . . is not to experience the poetic state: that is a private affair. His function is to create it in others.” Paul Valéry
Kim Addonizio puts it this way: “Poetry is not a means to an end, but a continuing engagement with being alive."

What sort of “poetic state” do these poems produce in you? How do they heighten the engagement with being alive?
Best wishes,

Tree Marriage – William Meredith
Waiting – W.S. Merwin
Creek by Kwame Dawes
Serenade -- Virginia Konchan
it may not always be so; and i say by E.E. Cummings
Gulls by Wm Carlos Williams

Wonderful discussion... about connections, expectations, stages of growth that allow us to transform, accept, transcend.... with so many different "takes" and shared experiences.
Note: the Cummings is a rhymed sonnet -- One person thought it was "disingenuous" --
He has worked the form, without being trite, and gone to
a depth of love few can achieve.
That one bird... Terribly afar can be both acceptance of loss, opening to
the what is next, and feeling what was draw further away -- I think of the
French "terrible" -- as not horrific, but intensely great, almost God-like.

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