Poetry’s Edge

Writing Out Loud

“The human poet was similar in a sense to the gods, for both exhibited a creative brilliance of sorts; the bright deities fashioned the luminous world, the ingenious poet fashioned a sparkling poem……understood from this perspective, the imagination was not so much creative as it was revelatory in nature.”

from The Artful Universe by William K. Mahoney

In Beautiful & Pointless, author David Orr writes, “the question is not, ‘Does poetry have qualities that are interesting and worthwhile?’, rather, the question is, ‘Are poetry’s interesting and worthwhile qualities sufficient to displace the interesting and worthwhile qualities of another activity?’ “

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