- Those who can't teach, do
If you don't enjoy riddles, you probably won't like poetry.
Some poems are guitars, chords nested deep and sparse within the strings and no matter how many times your dad tries to explain it to you the notes just seem to pop up here and there, just willy-nilly wherever they like.
Insight like Kingston Road: you're never quite sure where you're going to come across it.
I write poetry like I play music, just sounding out the notes and practicing over and over, building up muscle memory. I don't know what I'm playing, but people tell me it sounds pretty.
- Andrew writes me a poem
Roses are red
Violets are blue
- A six year old reads Tolstoy
I may never be the person who can
look at one shade of paint on a canvas
(left untitled, the height of laziness!)
or poems in thin, glossy books that read:
sky telephone lace purple miracle
and claim to feel something.
I cry to the poem, "I don't understand you!"
and the poem answers, "Then hear me.
That is how it begins."
Black Square by Kazimir Malevich
How do you feel about abstract poetry and art? What criteria, if any, does something need to meet in order to be called poetry or art?