Thursday, 5 April 2018

Kyle Flemmer : part two

Has your consideration of poetry changed since you began?

When I first started writing poetry I thought it must be a sort of rhyming sing-song about love or flowers or jabberwocks. A whimsical limerick was my idea of excellent poetry; metrical without being stuffy or sappy. Not that that isn’t poetry, but it took a long time for me to realize how poetry proper encompasses a vast territory of literary possibility, a territory that expands along with us as we discover new ways of thinking and being. I’m now interested in poetry that grapples with our understanding of the universe, experiments with form and material, or challenges socially accepted norms about what literature can and should be.

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