Saturday, May 6, 2006


Jenni thinks this is controversial.

I've read most of it (not all yet, I'm only 15 minutes and 1/2 cup of coffee into my day) but from what I have read, I can't imagine how anyone could argue with it. Makes perfect sense to me, and addresses many of the concerns I have about the weaknesses in my own work.

I'll have to read it again (and probably again and again) when I'm a little more awake. Thanks Jenni.



  1. I loved BOTH of these. Thanks, Jenni and Erin! All these new people I've met via blogs may even get me writing again.
    I love you all!

  2. BTW, my daughter-in-law's mother FINALLY got her interview scheduled in Manila for June 15th, so maybe she'll FINALLY be here (legally, visa in hand) by the end of June. And SHE can babysit, and I can write again! I don't know how I used to do it with a bunch of little kids. I don't know how you all do it!

  3. It's not that controversial: Philip Larkin said Eliot's views on the 'myth kitty' were nonsense. I think poets try too hard to create general theories of poetry from their own methods and experience, which may be unrepresentative. However, I think Eliot is right when he argues that the persona-writing-a-poem need not be identical to the perosn behind it, and maybe some distance helps, since the purpose is to make something universal enought to be understood.

  4. I only got to the "four major, mutually-influencing components" of the poet's voice but, when my schedule permits I'm Eager to read the rest.
    Unless the writer veers significantly from their direction so far, I agree with the POV...

    ~ Alex