Saturday, 26 June 2021

Aaron Belz : part three

How important is music to your poetry?

Music and poetry are inextricable, because each word sounds a certain way. Even printed poetry conveys music as we read it aloud in our heads. In my poetry, I use a lot of echoic language, puns, problematic phrases (that don’t quite make sense), and I do intentionally reread to see where music can be added without compromising a poem’s sense. In the past five or six years I’ve found myself more intentionally end-rhyming. Feels like I’m writing children’s books sometimes. On the natural relationship between words and music, I recommend Kenneth Koch’s Making Your Own Days

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