Sunday, April 12, 2009

In which

One fills out the questionnaire. More about someone named Sina Queyras in the National Post. They have had a new poet every day this month. I'm wondering if non-poets find these things and become intrigued by the world of poetry. Or even curious about one poet. One of my favorite non-poet observations about the wonders of poetry is that a book of poetry, unlike prose, offers mulitiple engagements. My non-poet friend noticed that the book I gave her, which she left on her coffee table for some months, seemed like an entirely different experience every time she picked it up, and that unlike prose, she could have these small experiences at her leisure.

4 comments:

Brenda Schmidt said...

Nice observation.

I must get Hikmet's book.

Mairi said...

I left a copy of a new poetry collection (Maura Dooley) on the coffee table the other day and this morning my husband said almost the same thing about poetry. Short, satisfying, not much in the way of a time committment, and different every time. And he didn't even mean it in a "great for people too busy for a real relationship" sort of way.

Chien Bâtard said...

Mairi,
No, I was thinking that some poets may be offended by my description, but I'm not. The common reader doesn't seem to be on a lot of poet's minds...

Chien Bâtard said...

Mairi,
Very intrigued by your found poems. I've been doing something quite similar on Twitter, using the text that comes up when I sign in to compose a 140 character "stanza."