what makes a poem?
3 August 2010
what makes a poem? is it nothing but
the ideas conveyed with lines and line breaks
or just the words unheard with eyes
that lie printed dead on a page?
current fashion and taste (now all the rage)
say that it’s just trajectories
of unassigned meaning, without any sort
of logical or causal intrinsic stuff;
and yet, a poem can be about more
than the powder-fluff of subjectivism
expressing truths, mystical
(even, Christological) without the isms
dictated by forced readings
through the pressed-seives of C/G/R-deconstruction
criticism; paradoxically, a poem
has to be about more than just the words–
the sounds and shapes of air in the mouth
express the lingual-fruit of true diversity
seeking ever and always back to the unity
of identiy between signifier and signified
where the died in the wool woolgathers
in ivory towers would be as lost
as millions of miscreant wretches
in the dinner-manners of Emily Post.
what makes a poem is the complete interaction
the creative impulse intiating action
that bind together word, meaning, and sound
to make mere words express something
not at all arbitrary, but profound.