Sunday, September 14, 2008


If you're reading a book of poems, would you prefer:
1. a book with strong thematic and tonal unity
2. a book that is more various--in subject matter, tone, form
3. I hate poetry
4. are you talking about a seamless machine versus a kluged-together book? I love the word "kluge," so I want the kluged book. Okay, "various."
Please share your predilections with me. The future of poetry depends upon it. (not true, I don't know why I even said that.)


  1. Kluged. Kluged!
    I like the various. However, sometimes, I like the unity. But not so unified that it's boring. Where is that line? Unknown.
    I feel your pain. I do.
    maybe some of the poems that don't, on the surface, seem to fit, can fit on another, deeper level.

  2. I'm split. I want a compilation that has a recurring tone while exploring all different kinds of subjects. Is there such a book?

  3. I want the various but also I want to hear the poet's voice throughout--if that makes any sense at all.

  4. Various. There's a greater chance I will really connect with something in the book.

  5. Forgive me if I'm putting limitations on you as an artist by viewing this through the lens of gender, but one thing that seems constant in the life of a woman who, like yourself, is a family matriarch, is the (often exasperating) variety of our creations, tasks, and obligations. So, because it speaks to my experience, I'd vote for various.



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