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Democracy, Culture and the Voice of Poetry by Robert Pinsky
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Nov 22, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: contemporary-poetry

The essay distinguishes the job of reading poetry from reading anything else. The important thing for Pinsky is understanding the special qualities of verse. Yes, there's music. But Pinsky takes it beyond the music alone, and proposes that my reading a poem to myself is akin to a personal performance I do for myself. The poem has personal reverberations. It makes me think more intently on how I make a poem for myself.

My only criticism is that the essay is not really long enough for even this booklet. I would rather see it as the opening for a longer collection of essays.

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