“…Poetry is a strange force that can take over your minds and bodies, transport you out of what you think you know and take you into a new kind of mysterious knowledge.
“Write what you don’t know.”
This quote is from
To Vibrebrate: In Defense of Strangeness – Johannes Göransson – Poetry – July 13, 2017 “(Editor’s Note: In a letter to the editor, Johannes Göransson writes a response to Matthew Zapruder’s July 10th article, ‘Understanding Poetry Is More Straightforward Than You Think,’ published in the New York Times, and which Harriet Staff featured here.)”
The take-down begins:
In his article “Understanding Poetry is More Straightforward Than You Think,” Matthew Zapruder wants to have his poetry and eat it too, wants to tell you how simple and “straightforward” “understanding” poetry is, at the same time as he wants to position himself as the expert explainer (what “you think” is “incorrect,” and he will correct it).