Notes on the craft of poetry

Further notes on The best american poetics Mark Strand says: I believe that all poetry is formal in that it exists within limits, limits that are either inherited by tradition or limits that language itself imposes. Form it should be remembered is a word that has several meanings, some which are near opposites. form has to…

The best american poetics

In his introduction to The Best American Poetry 1991, Mark Strand, my favorite guide in the sphere of aesthetics these days, uses his own personal background (which I guess will be recognizable for many of us) to illuminate the difference between poetry and prose. Here is my attempt to summarize some his arguments: My parents…

Reading Mark Strand

– contemplating the difference between prose & poetry Mark Strand: The Weather of Words  

Temporarily interrupted

I planned to start this new year we are entering on a happy note, with a cheerful salutation! But then poetry came – and changed everything: Keeping Things Whole BY MARK STRAND . In a field I am the absence of field. This is always the case. Wherever I am I am what is missing. ….