T. S. Eliot: While poetry attempts to convey
something beyond what can be conveyed in prose rhythms, it remains, all the
same, one person talking to another.
Oh please, cmon. Who are you talking to face to face with
that guy wandering around in a hyacinth garden and feeling oh-so-sad about not
grabbing a kiss from Marie when he could but being paralyzed with rejection /
performance fears? And Madame Sosostris - whos she talking to? And the
900 footnotes all over The Waste Land - who are they talking to? And
hey, did you ever think about Emily Dickinson up in her bedroom in Amherst,
scribbling her thoughts down on scrap paper and cardboard shoe boxes, speaking
only to herself and not another and yet reaching a bigger sphere of
anothers than you did? Did you ever think about that? Hurry up,
please. Its time. Indeed - and youre off the clock.
T.E. Hulme: Poetry communicates through images, which
exist prior to language, and form a visual chord between the actual
and the imagined, in order for to function like an Ideogram.
OKmaybe; well give you that abstract / concrete
idea. But Imagism is the like the Iroquois? Heard from them lately? Maybe the
flower petals in the Metro were the highlight, and then after that everyone
fell into writing haiku about the seasons, and it got very popular to be in a
supermarket Howl-ing, but nowadays it is all about neo-domestic,
neo-realism in which the I of the poet is everything, searching as
the I does for meaning in a mundane world that does not measure up
to satisfying the Is exaggerated needs or desires. Or maybe
it does, but only for the short while of a sunrise that begs for optimism, or a
swarm of Canadian geese overhead that gives way to a meditation on the meaning
/ purpose of the Is existence.
Thomas Gray: Poetry is thoughts that breathe, and
words that burn.
Really? Breathing thoughts and burning words? If it were that
easy, then it would be even easier to find truth in this life, or maybe even
Truth like Plato meant it and Kant questioned. Maybe we could float like
Kierkegaard through days of doubt and indecision and settle, instead, for
repetition and distraction as our only means of escape, of imagination, and
thus the inner worlds and delights of subjectivity. If only.
W. B. Yeats: Out of the quarrel with others we make
rhetoric; out of the quarrel with ourselves we make poetry.
Get back to your poets work of representing the
subconsciously creative and the creatively subconscious mind, which is richly
wonderful and not to be known in explanations. You know thats true - but
its all right. Life still has its epic and ordinary grandeur as you
strive to find words for the imaginary reality of your creativity.
Dont hesitate to resonate / resound with that lovely and elusive
another. The conversation is all - the voices, the voices, and the
more voices, et al.
Adrienne Rich: The moment of change is the only