Tuesday, 27 April 2021

Lauren Bender : part four

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

Answer 1: I think all forms can (and do) blend together – so we have the joy of prose poetry, novels in verse, visual poetry, and all other kinds of hybrids. In that sense, in the sense where other forms borrow poetry, essentially, they are also borrowing what poetry can accomplish. Answer 2: poetry in its “purer” iterations has a roominess and space and more air. It allows you to slow down. It compels you to slow down. So while prose might feel sometimes like rushing through a busy city (which can be both overwhelming and exciting), poetry is a calmer, quieter walk, maybe down a less populated path, one where you’re going to want to mindfully pause from time to time to appreciate your surroundings.

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