Sunday, 22 April 2018

Shannon Bramer : part four

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

I’m not sure poems are meant to accomplish anything except to change how something is seen or understood or felt. Poems are meant to go around touching souls. In a tiny space a poem evokes a universe. The form is simultaneously direct and mysterious. You can’t tell a poem what to do; after you make it has to keep on moving, living, breathing, weeping on the page. Poems love the mundane world as much as they love beauty, horror, injustice, history, swans. Poems want to do everything and nothing at the same time.

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