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Anxious gatekeeping

Analogous to nervous cluelessness is something we might call “anxious gatekeeping.”   This is desire to police the borders of poetry, or of...

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Verse is nothing special


I’d like to tell you what to do today / but I’m not good at giving out instructions / so let’s pretend that you already know / exactly what to do in case of fire… / or other kinds of grave emergencies

We can converse in verse quite easily, so it must be that verse is nothing special, but just a way of ruling out, not in,  the combinations that we use each day  to make our meaning clear to everyone.  


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