Poetry is a broken language

In poetry, by definition, the making of lines is the breaking of lines (in this way poetry’s deeply unlike prose, the units of which are sentences, defined grammatically by their completeness). Poetic language is language in which meaning refuses to be single-minded: the transitivity of meaning splits, as we mean more than we intend. More…

The Nature of Erasure

All poetry is fragment: it is shaped by its breakages, at every turn. It is the very art of turnings, toward the white frame of the page, toward the unsung, toward the vacancy made visible, that wordlessness in which our words are couched. Heather McHugh One of the things which really fascinate me about erasure…