Counterpoint for Metawriting


Metawriting

somewhat vain

=

manifesto

mission statement

+

life/art

nil

the exclamations

so, sidenote,

poetry and novel

no longer share

anything besides

the word

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2 thoughts on “Counterpoint for Metawriting

  1. poetry and novel no longer share anything besides the word…

    Has brevity become too brief? Has poetry lost its element of depth as it becomes truncated to fit into twitter tweet box limitations. Very thought provoking. I write some brevity but prefer to let my words fall in less confined spaces and speak with clarity. Well done.

    Beth

    • I was just having this conversation yesterday albeit a few pints in but nonetheless, I don’t believe brevity is too brief. With that written, I’m not about brevity I’m aiming for precision. I only seek to truncate repetition. Odd as it may seem, away from this site I do have long poems(ridiculously epic long pieces) but those pieces like these seek to snip away all the extraneous bits.

      Actually, I’m sort of against tweeter-feed poetry (but not entirely, it’s getting better). I think it lacks a bit of depth but not due to size, merely due to other notions of the poetic. Long or short, the poem calls for nuance and some micro and macro poets can’t handle this no matter how many words are used or not.

      When I state the novel and poem have nothing in common besides the word it is because the poem is a form that allows us to write devoid of the constrictions/restrictions of the novel. We get to hit the ground running without ever needing to explain the plane we jumped from. We can write without the who,what, when, where, why, how of it all -if we choose. The novelist needs some of these. The poet can embrace the present a bit more -even if we’re all just merely chasing it. We have so many options as poets that the novelist doesn’t. It sure is tough to write a novel minus plot and/or character but poets have this option.

      Finally, poetry should allow for the reader to be able to enjoy the piece when it’s not being read. In other words, leave the audience with something to ponder later. Let their minds make the next stanza.

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