|发表于: 2017-06-24 22:15 发表主题: To Marylin
It's unusual and great to meet someone like you, here in Hansville, I did not expect that.
Thanks for your sincere writing, a few points coming to mind to exchange (my own words);
a genuine poet seeks humanity, looks at we-intention, deep soul, cultures, philosophy, etc. and converts thoughts/experiences into poetic expressions, a good poem always has some hidden codes beneath the page, parallel space, embedded metadata, or transcendent formulae. A language is a tool (as well as an existence by itself in a philosophical sense), a powerful tool that can manipulate minds, soothe souls, create joy, enlarge the world, words could also be the skin of body or waves of the ocean, they actually live and move. Yet, codes and languages are still about technical aesthetics, the part can be taught and learned. The part that can not be taught and learned is the life of poetry, it has to be up to the poet/poetess to develop. Think about painting, everyone can be taught, but to become a genuine original artist, that can not. “The End of the Poem” by Paul Muldoon that I read many years ago, goes over some well-known poems in extensive analysis, it’s a good book to start some serious technicals, though outdated by today’s standard, still a very useful, insightful book. For an entry level quick overview of known forms, “The Making of a Poem” A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms is a good place to start. Then again, by the critical spirit and notion of the strong poet, a new poet always creates a new world for humanity. Some of my poems are intentionally avoiding all poetics known, some good some bad some ugly... Just a few points to share this evening. Good night! -Mark