Re: RE: Is Poetry for Cowards?

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Ann Emmert Abbott
Participant – 2008-05-24 2:27 PM I never understood poetry in English class. And a few years back…I started to suspect that nobody really understands poetry…because maybe there’s not much to understand. By their nature, poets are vague. They want to share their thoughts and feelings…only maybe they don’t REALLY want to share their thoughts and feelings (for whatever reason)…because if they did, they’d just say what they have to say in prose. No sense beating around the linguistic bush. Just a theory. Maybe I just came up with it to justify my own lack of understanding. Easier to place the blame elsewhere… -RickLax

San Diego’s resident poetry guru Steve Kowit has this to say,

“… poetry is communication, so there must be a message and it is the poet’s job to make the message clear.”

You can read more about the talk he gave to our writers/editors guild at: