Christopher Phelps – A Perfect Poem? “The Doe” by C. K. Williams / the the poetry blog

Christopher Phelps

A Perfect Poem?, an explication by Christopher Phelps / the the

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    • snowbirdpress
    • November 7th, 2011

    What a great link, Donna. Once again…many thanks. To answer (or to attempt to comment) on his question (posit?) it seems to me that a poem just “is”… just like everyone and everything else. It owes nothing to the reader/hearer other than itself. This post seems to echol the age old question as to whether poetry has an obligation to “heal” or “correct” or some other “noble endeavor”…and as far as I can see the only obligation it has is to itself. Truth is all that is needed. All else flows from that.

    • Christopher Phelps is himself a very fine poet. I hope to make more of his poetry available here in future. To risk second guessing I do believe that this poet would agree, as I do, with your assertion “. . the only obligation it has is to itself”. Thank you, Merrill.

    • snowbirdpress
    • November 7th, 2011

    Typo: That should read: echo….sorry.

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