A writer departs from prose and moves into poetry because she senses something has gone funky in Denmark

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The New York Times Book Review is going bonkers for poetry this week! The current issue has at least 7 articles and reviews about the stuff. 🙂

This is from

Exploring the Sources and Consolations of Poetry, in Prose – Simone White – New York Times – August 4, 2017

“Poems are born out of quarrels and quandaries because thinking poetically is very closely related to thinking critically. A writer departs from prose and moves into poetry because she senses something has gone funky in Denmark (be Denmark the literary archive, society or the poet’s body/heart/mind). She seeks language that can mirror the experience of rift or rupture and, simultaneously, correct or fill it with new understanding. Poets, too, get bummed, sometimes very angry, when they read poems they don’t immediately understand (a lot of poems if not most). It’s what we do with the dyspeptic feeling that distinguishes us from non-poets. “You like it under the trees in autumn / Because everything is half dead,” Wallace Stevens writes in “The Motive for Metaphor.” And I think, That is weird. That is kinky. I, too, am lost, and find myself under the trees in autumn, liking it.”

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