Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Poetry As Escapism

In his second excerpt from The Pigheaded Soul, Jason Guriel wants us to stop "overburdening poems" with "the noble purpose of making some supposedly thoughtless reader think." He defends his favourite poets as being
far too intelligent to try to teach us anything, to condescend. Yes, their poems make us more alert, but the authors make no great claim to cracking open some mindless reader’s middlebrow and terraforming her consciousness. As with the best kind of “experimental” poets, the adjective is implicit. Entertainment, escapism—these are feats enough.

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