A daily showcase of poetry & poetry-related news found on the Internet. "Half asleep,/ He can believe, or make himself believe /The truth of his father – all the lies /Not really lies: images which make /The world come closer, cats’ eyes up ahead." -From "Night Driving." Poem and photograph by Dick Allen
“You don’t need to have read Orwell to recognize that partisan writing tends to be insincere and robotic, two traits that art must avoid. Partisan writing demands a loud immediacy, whereas art is more often the ‘foster-child of silence and slow time.’ To cite a more recent passage, what Parul Sehgal says of novelists applies also to poets:
“To so confidently believe oneself to be on the right side of history is risky—for a writer especially. In that balmy glow of self-regard, complacency can easily take root. And good prose demands a measure of self-doubt—the worry that nags at a writer, that forces her to double back on her sentences, unravel and knit them up again, asking repeatedly: Is this clear? Is this true? Is this enticing?
“The most effective political poems approach their targets indirectly….”