Dennis Ryan

Gold Star - 4,925 Points (March 3,1951 / Wellsville, New York)

Poetry, The Truth Gainsaid - Poem by Dennis Ryan

Monday morning, February 11,2019 at 10: 35 a.m.

What is poetry?Is the reader listening
to an imaginary discourse in a disembodied
voice, an alchemy in words?The truth gainsaid?
Might the reader want more, the poet to declare,
a declaration that is truth in the poverty of its words
to reflect upon?A speaker speaking more to the point,
using real words in real settings, one verse at a time,
one verse running onto the next, extending the meaning,
showing us a route, a way to the poem's vital end?
Some small truth?Poet, give us this or give us nothing.

Topic(s) of this poem: answers, courage, lies, poems, poet, questions, real life, reality, seeing, social behaviour


Poet's Notes about The Poem

The speaker of the poem, a poet, believes that poets need to deal in truths, the truths of real life events, and not in fancy, fanciful "lies" in writing poems.Allow me to qualify: the speaker is speaking here about one kind of poem the poet writes which purports to deal with reality, real-life events in an honest way, and not to write this poem as if one were a salesman, a poet trying "to sell an idea" that is basically unsound because it involves lying, "casting a spell" in words- -this is the worst kind of rhetoric.

Comments about Poetry, The Truth Gainsaid by Dennis Ryan

  • (2/11/2019 1:03:00 PM)


    Nice write. It rings of truth. Enjoyed immensely. (Report) Reply

    (2/11/2019 1:08:00 PM)

    Frank, glad you liked it. It took awhile to write. You might like the poetry of George Oppen (1908-1999) who often writes on the same subject, better than I.

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Poem Submitted: Monday, February 11, 2019



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