Poetics and Poetry Discussion
(8/3/2005 10:17:00 AM)
Max, this is so well-stated. I particularly like your reminder, 'If there's one really good line in a poem, why not praise it? ' That's kind. That's human. And that's how to nurture a budding poet or a human being in need...either one.
(8/3/2005 9:47:00 AM)
An afterthought: it helps to enters the river with an attitude of humility. I have to continually let go of EVERYTHING, especially 'who I am', (as much as I can) to read the next poem. The effort is to be pure consciousness, just one consciousness connecting with the same consciousness in someone else. Judgmental thoughts come again and again, they're just passing thoughts. Of course 'I' (secretly, sometimes not so secretly) fancy myself 'an expert'. Have to let go of that identity again and again, which is not the same as suspending critical judgment. Trying to read with 'beginner's mind', as they say in zen.
(8/3/2005 9:43:00 AM)
Max, I think you've said it perfectly.