Thursday, October 1, 2009
The more personal a poem is, more likely it is to be political, continued
For me, poetry has no point in existing if it's not to be a prompt or aid to political and ethical change. This is not to say that a poem should be political or ethical instruction, but rather that it might engender a dialogue between the poem itself and the reader/listener, between itself and other poems and texts, and between all of these and a broader public (whatever that might be). I see myself as a poet activist - every time I write a poem, it is an act of resistance to the state, the myriad hierarchies of control, and the human urge to conquer our natural surroundings.
-- John Kinsella, forthcoming essay in Poetry magazine
Labels: poetry and politics