What is poetry? It seems that as Modern Poetry marches on, many of us have grappled with that question. ModPo 9.1 -9.2 -9.3 offers us an exploration into the post-modern. Po-Mo is not for everyone; the forums are alive with irritation. Meh, I remain enchanted.
I’m fond of ‘found’ poems or poems written with formula. Whilst I first happened upon these notions years ago in blogland, since there was no point-of-reference, it just seemed amusing. Now that I understand the gist of what these poems are attempting with language, I’ve a greater appreciation both for the art and the artist.
One poem that I had happened upon via a PoemTalk long before ModPo was “Dropping Leaflets”. Jena Osman has taking several transcripts from the Bush Administration after 9/11 and created a ‘chance’ poem (visit link for specifics).
Chance poetry allows an opening of poetics. This type of poetry allows the reader to explore without worry of misinterpretation in his or her close reading of the poem. Who can say you are right or wrong when the initial subject has not been cultivated from the writer’s imagination. There is freedom in chance.
“Dropping Leaflets” is a wonderful example of being able to write about a difficult topic without worry of exploitation of subject per se. I remember wishing to compose a poem after 9/11, but felt that I was too removed from the event. If I had culled others words regarding 9/11 and reconfigured into chance poetics, I would have felt that any outcome would have been a creation of somber beauty. It would have allowed me to work through my own thoughts while presenting the voices that truly needed sounding.
Whilst not all poets this week have personally resonated, most have, especially John Cage. His creation of mesostics is fascinating and fun.
During the live class this week, I thought, what did Robert Frost think of John Cage. I also questioned if Robert Frost would be a 9.2 poet if he applied mesostics to “Mending Wall”. (I did not know until tonight’s video viewing that Max had also thought of Frost.)
Well, here is my result from toying with MW the other night. I used the spine: ANTI MODERN, since that seemed to be an underlying thread of our discussion of Frost. (apologies for quality, I’ve yet to figure how to format it to work as copy/paste without major distortion, so I took a photo)
Will I use this for our essay this week? I remain undecided since I’ve loved many of Meyers suggestions. Only problem, I’ve not started and work Saturday and Sunday…hmmm…