Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Poetry as Entertainment

Is poetry an entertainment? Is it just an entertainment? Is it more than an entertainment? Is it a religion? I'm encouraging answers or comments on these questions. It seems to me that poetry is more than just an entertainment. Of course it is an art. But, current trends in performance poetry being what they are, the entertainment factor seems to be taking over. I don't see anything wrong with a reader or listener having to work a little in order to experience a poem. Also, the titilation factor of the combination of rhythm and anger has begun to bore me in what I hear in downtown Manhattan. The more I have to work on understanding Duncan, Olson, some Language poetry, Zukovsky, and others, the more I get out of it.

Monday, July 25, 2005

Construction or Deconstruction?

Which is the primary act of poetic creation: construction or deconstruction? That is, which comes first? I'm interested in answers to this one because several poets have deconstructed my poems on a listserv called Wryting-L. So it occurred to me that construction of something precedes its deconstruction. I may be wrong about this. But this is my experience of it, at least so far.