The puzzle of poetry
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
So true and how wonderful that he already knows this. Mention poetry in any random group and you can see people’s tension levels rise like boat-lifting tides. The truth is, even the savviest people can be nervous around poetry. But I’m thinking that Cameron is on the right track. A poem is a puzzle. It should be. It shouldn’t give itself away too easily. It should hold something in reserve for a second, a fifth, a fiftieth reading. And the reader shouldn’t approach it as a fence to scale--or worse, to be shut out by. It should, instead, be a puzzle to pick away at, getting satisfaction with each piece that drops into place.
I tried the puzzle challenge Cameron gave me:
There was no name for it. Cameron finally confessed that he had made up the form. So we're calling it the mind-twisting thought-confounding letter-changing four-line poem. Try one!