Where does a poem exist?
May 21, 2009 at 7:25 am | Posted in blogging, links, writing | 17 Comments
Tags: blogging, links, poetry, writing
“I’ve always liked your emphasis on poetry as communication, a way of binding communities. It marks a very fundamental difference in thinking with wide implications. In my mind making the distinction between poetry as selfexpression and poetry as communication leads one to an emphasis on traditional craft as opposed to unrestrained experimentation for its own sake.”
Squires to Barbara Jane Reyes.
I was thinking today that this train of thought which begins “Is poetry a form of self expression or a form of communication?” can also lead to a question I encountered over at Geof Huth‘s, “Where does a poem exist?” If it is simply an expression, when it has gone from inside the head of the poet onto the page, it is finished and lies flat as piece of text, an artefact.
If it is an act of communication the poem exists as an alive thing, an event in the mind of the reader or listener and the text becomes just a device, a link, a catalyst for creating waves of change.
Lately I have been thinking I should comment less and instead turn them into posts with links but I’m lazy and don’t have the time.