Category Archives: Starting from Poetry

All posts from January 2009 thru January 2012.

On Poetry and Childlessness

Rilke speaks in his letters about the loneliness of childhood, and I think this Romantic notion of that state is generally accepted by most artists.  And there is something to be said about the long stretches of boredom–at least, it … Continue reading

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It Must Be Time to Live

It’s been more than a year since my last post.  It’s been a year and three months, almost to the day.  This doesn’t mean I haven’t wanted to.  I’ve tried.  About a half-dozen drafts, begun and aborted, exist.  But the … Continue reading

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Where Is Poetry Now?

I feel differently about poetry these days.  It’s hard to say just how, except to say that I don’t feel the same.  I wonder what that means, but I’m not sure it matters much.  I write less, I think less, … Continue reading

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The Joy that Finds Us

My attitudes about poetry can leave my students a little confused.  But I’m not sure this confusion is always genuine.  It seems sometimes a kind of resistance, which insists on a holding fast to a belief long after it has … Continue reading

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Some Notes on Wonder

Early this winter, I was startled by a flock of starlings.  They had been nesting in the cypress tree which flanks the garage, and when I came around the corner with the trash cans they flew out from hiding.  They … Continue reading

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Poetry & Prayer

As a child, I never learned how to pray.  My parents aren’t religious, and I can’t remember a single instance, when my mother or father uttered the word God.  And yet despite this fact, I have cultivated, through the art … Continue reading

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Revising Revision

A few years ago I wrote a long essay called “Why Poetry Doesn’t Matter.”  I only remember now the gist of that argument.  And the conclusion went something like this.  When considering the uses of poetry, we ought not to … Continue reading

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