I must stress here the point that I appreciate clarity, order, meaning, structure, rationality: they are necessary to whatever provisional stability we have, and they can be the agents of gradual and successful change.
By: A. R. Ammons
The poet exposes himself to the risk. All that has been said about poetry, all that he has learned about poetry, is only a partial assurance.
Anything looked at closely becomes wonderful.
Is it not careless to become too local when there are four hundred billion stars in our galaxy alone.
Each poem in becoming generates the laws by which it is generated: extensions of the laws to other poems never completely take.
Definition, rationality, and structure are ways of seeing, but they become prisons when they blank out other ways of seeing.
Thats a wonderful change thats taken place, and so most poetry today is published, if not directly by the person, certainly by the enterprise of the poet himself, working with his friends.
Everything is discursive opinion instead of direct experience.
Only silence perfects silence.
I have reached no conclusions, have erected no boundaries,
shutting out and shutting in, separating inside
from outside: I have
drawn no lines
A poem generated by its own laws may be unrealized and bad in terms of so-called objective principles of taste, judgement, deduction.
Probably all the attention to poetry results in some value, though the attention is more often directed to lesser than to greater values
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