Alec Nevala-Lee

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Marsden Hartley

Poets cannot, as aspiring poets, depend, it seems to me, ever upon the possible natural “flow” that exists in themselves. Poets have work to do for the precision of simplicity, and for the gift of volume in simplicity. It is the business of good poetry to show natural skill as well as natural impetus…[Personality] begins, but it does not finish anything. We have eventually to insert in the middle spaces all we can of real ability…Poetry is not only a tool for the graving of the emotions; nor is it an ivory trinket. It calls for an arm.

Marsden Hartley, “The Business of Poetry”

Written by nevalalee

May 3, 2016 at 7:30 am

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