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S. A. S. Female, 63, United States (5/19/2013 6:52:00 PM)

" Clarity, clarity, surely clarity is the most beautiful
thing in the world.
A limited, limiting clarity
I have not and never did have any motive of poetry
but to achieve clarity
George Oppen

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  • Rookie John Kay (5/20/2013 2:10:00 PM) Post reply
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    He may be putting us on or responding to a critic, but in the end, for me " clarity" is what I hope to get from poetry, like putting on a new pair of glasses. The problem with writing with clarity is that it subjects the poem to criticism for being either too simplistic or banal: writing with clarity is a tough act, not that writing utterly opaque poems like Ashberry is easy.

  • Rookie - 796 Points Lamont Palmer (5/19/2013 9:55:00 PM) Post reply | Read 3 replies

    I think he's being tongue-n-cheek, here. Or ironic in some way. -LP

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