Tuesday, August 26, 2008

so ... gaps are great

The job of interpretation—what in fact we're doing when we interpret—is to supply what the poem has appeared to omit, and our continuing interest in a poem turns on its resistance to our efforts.
James Longenbach. The Resistance to Poetry. Chicago: U of Chicago P. 2004. 85.

1 comment:

ms said...

all these recent posts on Longenbach adn poetry are thougt provoking ... and maybe not really about poetry?
What is poetry if not something other than it pretends?
Mayeb it is what is is but maybe other times it is a means and not an end
I am trying to limit my comments --wordiness perhaps a better word -- but these are interesting posts.
It seems kind of like a secret corner here after all