A Loss of Poetics

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John Kinsella


To write poetry you don’t have to like it. I’ve been increasingly recognising that language and its correlatives in music and art are not the pure coordinates or sole arbiters of poetry. There are two issues evolving out of these comments that seem pivotal to me. The first pertains to the suggestion that poetry might happen either out of necessity, or, paradoxically, incidentally. The second, that poetry does not rely on an aesthetic response to the tensions involved in reconciling interiority and articulation of the external world. These two simple principles are becoming the turning points for a personal re-evaluation of what constitutes the poem for me as a reader, or more precisely ‘experiencer’, and what it means for me as a maker of poems.

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John Kinsella, Cambridge University

JOHN KINSELLA is a prize-winning poet, novelist, critic and publisher. His work has appeared in Poetry and The Paris Review, among many others. He also teaches at Cambridge University and is editor of the international literary journal Salt. For further information see <www.geocities.com/SoHo/Square/1664/kinsella.html>