Saturday, March 20, 2010

Reading the Beat Reader reminds me

Of how I really detest poetry that's too conversational. Not that all of the Beat poems are like this by any means, but there are enough in there that it triggers the old response. What I mean by too conversational is poems that could be rewritten as paragraphs from a short story or novel, that don't have much of the dense imagery and tricky poetic structures that I personally like. The 'I like' vs 'Is what good poetry is' distinction is important here. Some people would no doubt see a lot of subtle differences between stories and that kind of poetry, would voice the opinion that what's going on isn't just prose turned into prose poetry with little else. That's fine, it's just not what I believe.

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