Friday, July 19, 2013

Q&A …

Jaswinder Bolina: Avoiding the Obvious - Guernica / A Magazine of Art and Politics. (Hat tip, Rus Bowden.)

I’ve read—and probably written—far too many poems that are convinced of their own epiphanies. The alleged insights in such works are generally arrived at after a prolonged meditation on some personal experience, but when studied more closely, the epiphany is a too tidy solution to a problem the poem hyperbolized in order to achieve its effect. This doesn’t make the problem any less real. It just makes me wonder whether the epiphanies are.

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