3/28/2007

from "The Finding of Form"

Special techniques to be expected in most poetry:

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6. An assumption that readers and listeners will be willing and able to project beyond the poet’s immediate thought, to draw on all their own resources of intelligence, sensitivity and human intuition, to explore their own subconscious, to match or excel the poet’s - in short, to write their poems while reading and listening to his...

-Earle Birney, The Finding of Form, from The Cow Jumped over the Moon, 1972.

2 comments:

Colin Stewart said...

I wholeheartedly approve of the posting of this quote.

rob taylor said...

good. sorry i didnt seek approval in advance...