Poems About PoetryBook - 2003
The centuries have changed little in this art,
The subjects are still the same.--Kenneth Rexroth
Why poetry? What is poetry and why do people write it and read it? Why, as Dana Levin has written, "this urge to making a scrapbook of stars"?
Every poet, by accident or design, has responded to "Why poetry" by writing a poem about poetry (an ars poetica). Whether these poems focus on the personal, political, or philosophical, each recognizes that our world is more complicated than a direct statement.
As Marvin Bell has written, "Writing is all and everything." This anthology of poems about the art and life of poetry--which draws widely from Copper Canyon's 30-year backlist of poetry books--proves him right.
Poets write out of love and longing:
Lord, let me live / long enough to dare /a love poem --Cyrus Cassells
Poets confront suffering:
since we will always have a suffering world, we must also always have a song.--David Budbill
And poets write in order to live fully:
We all stumble into ourselves /like this, fitting our fingers to the shape of letters,/ while the page gallops out of our reach--Rebecca Seiferle
Only poetry lasts.--Ho Xuan Huong
Michael Wiegers is the Managing Editor at Copper Canyon Press.
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