Mary X

Rookie (19.01.1987 / London, England)

Up And Down. [circle Poem #2] - Poem by Mary X

which place
where did the goblins
which tree did the dog bark at?

was it the long thin stem reaching
from the ground? was it?
or was it the fingernail
trying to scrape
its way into the sky?

who’s irritated now? who
gets the

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  • Joseph Daly (9/26/2006 8:06:00 PM)

    I have only come across a few circle poem that left me unimpressed, they seemed so unmade-up, too spontanious.

    I find that it could be seen as a cop-out to let the reader decided the manner in which the poems are read. It originates with this whole Zen-chance thing. The composer, John Cage, did a similar thing with his music. I think that bringing the reader into the poem and allowing them to take something away from you undermines the writer as well as the creation. I draw the line at the audience deciding what a particular piece means to them. This has that singular emotional impact that all art should attain. Introducing the participation of the audience - bringing them into the creation process -does away with the artist as creator and is questionable whether it is actually art, because it devoids that emotional impact.

    To be honest, Mary, I thing these work as damnfine poems.

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Poem Edited: Friday, September 24, 2010

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