Thursday, 22 March 2018

Aaron Tucker : part two

What do you feel poetry can accomplish that other forms can’t?

For me, poetry is about density and compression and, as a form, I think the its greatest accomplishments have to do with moving away from the woolly excess of prose and the sentence as a unit of thought towards the line as the structural unit, and within the line, an ungrammatical freedom that owes far less to immediate semantic sense. Personally, I am drawn to poetry because it has a great deal of tolerance for juxtaposition and repetition: poetry fuses words together, then evolves those fusings by grafting them to the other components of other lines, stanzas, poems. It’s not to say that this can’t be done in prose, but I think it is more difficult and not as innate to the form.   

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