Friday, January 31, 2003

Back to words

A friend of mine started talking about Koch's idea of a language of poetry. He said that since he's read so much poetry over the past few years, he's noticed a change in his vocabulary cache. His poems have a richer more poetic texture that came from reading more poetry. I asked if what else he's read, and he's widely read, for sure. So, I then asked does not your other reading inform your poetry? Yep. I think the language of poetry is more like a poet's language. The more widely a poet reads the richer the texture of the poem.

Do words drive form?

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