Alec Nevala-Lee

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Michael Ryan

Good “free verse” is really formal improvisation. The words interconnect and interact formally every bit as thoroughly as in the strictest sonnet. The difference is that no pattern of interaction, however partial, is set at the beginning…The form of the poem is the way the poem tells the poet what it wants to be…A poet may begin writing poems as program notes to himself, and maybe they should always retain that early ardor of self-expression, but the best poets care about the poem as a made thing as much as about what it says, and to them the two are as inseparable as a word from its sound.

Michael Ryan, A Difficult Grace

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July 18, 2016 at 7:30 am

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