Tuesday, 8 June 2021

Jason Tandon : part five

How do you know when a poem is finished?

To paraphrase Auden who famously paraphrased Valéry by saying a “poem is never finished; it is only abandoned,” I might suggest the poem is never finished, it is only ongoing. My ideal is that the poem ends with a space or an emptiness for it to resound, reverberate, or to inspire something within the reader’s mind, which then becomes part of the composition—the poem continues to be composed each time it is read, and in different ways.

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