Thursday, 20 September 2018

Sarah Venart : part three

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

I love so many other forms of art and I use them to inform my work so I don’t want to hurt any feelings here, but I do like the conciseness a poem achieves.  Does that hold water?  Not really.  Conciseness isn’t married to poetry.  I guess line lengths and the sense of surprise with how a line ends - I appreciate that.  Also, how the words that I choose to end and begin a line can make someone think differently about that word or idea or what-have-you— that’s very cool. I like how succinct a poem’s surface can be while simultaneously holding this vast subtext.  But other forms master this too:  Photography. Instagram.  I’ll stop there!

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