Friday, January 28, 2005

Hmmm

A lot of talk these days on blogs & listservs re: accessible poems and inaccessible poems. It seems that most people prefer to read one or the other. I don't break poems up that way. Any poem that makes me forget where I am and pulls me in completely does it for me, regardless of how it pulls me in (language, image, music, story). Apparently, this is not the case for a lot of others. I'm still trying to wrap my mind around this sudden enlightenment, because personally I would be bored to death reading just one type of poetry. I'm actually grateful that there is so much going on these days and so many poets publishing. Just my 'things that make you go, hmmm,' thought for the day.

13 comments:

Dick Jones' Poetry Archive said...

I've been exploring American/Canadian poetry blogs for quite a while now & I'm baffled by the categorising, sectioning, in-fighting & the minute dissection of medium & message that goes on on so many of them. Not all, but a substantial number.

That having been said, at least there ARE American/Canadian poetry blogs. The phenomenon simply doesn't exist in the UK. If I wanted to set up a poetry blog webring, I'd be holding hands with myself!

Dick Jones' Poetry Archive said...

PS I enjoyed the poems very much. Where might I find more?

Suzanne said...

Thanks for stopping by, Dick. I'm afraid I'm not sure which poems you are referring to?

Amy Unsworth said...

I've been reading about this as a way of thinking about audience. I'm with you though, that it's fantastic that there is a wide variety of poety to read. It seems in my own writing, my poems also range from easy to less accessible. But I do want to communicate with my reader; I want the readers to "get" what I'm trying to express. I think some of the more "accessible" poem, like some of B.C.'s work, is though to be so because people are taking it at face value and not thinking about the metaphorical reading. The poem that comes to mind starts off with a list of items like "you are the bread and the wine." When you stop to puzzle out the metaphors, it's pretty amazing what that seemingly simple poem says.

Best,
Amy

Radish King said...

I can't even tell any more, which poems are accessible and which aren't. I can't tell in my own work, I mean. Or anyone else's for that matter. I think my poems are prefectly clear but I am finding that my readers (you know who you are) find them inaccessible and difficult to penetrate. Maybe it's my readers (^^waves at readers^^), or maybe I'm dense. This makes me suspect that accessible/inaccessible doesn't really exist, not really, because, like everything else, the concept is relative. I dunno. I probably need to go ride my bicycle. In fact, that's exactly what I'm going to do.

Radish King said...

And one more thing (she turns at the door, like Columbo, in her soiled raincoat, points a finger, cocks her glass eye in Suzanne's direction), even poems that have no narrative tissue, are simply a soup of words can be accessible to me if they're musical. I access them that way, through the music,the sound.

Radish King said...

I'm sorry I couldn't squeeze these all into one post. Sheesh. I think the only poems that are inaccessible to me are poems that are poorly written. Or mediocre, even. Those are inaccessible poems.

Suzanne said...

I agree, Amy. Simple doesn't always mean *simple.*

Brilliant Rebecca, thank you!

paula said...

Inaccessible poems, to me, are the poems that do not "touch" me on any level either emotional, intellectual, physical. Well, maybe it'd be more correct to say I am inaccessible to such poems.

A.R.B. said...

I have to agree with you, Suzanne. Poems are as varied as the poets who write them. Variety is spice. We may have preferences, obviously, but those preferences needn’t be exclusive. We have to accept range and difference in poetry as we must in everyday life. I think all else is politics. King-of-the-Mountain stuff, you know?

Alberto

Suzanne said...

Paula,
Your closing line made laugh, but actually that's a very good point.

Alberto,
I'm so glad others chimed in here, I was beginning to think I was mad, or had really weird taste. *lol*

Dick Jones' Poetry Archive said...

Your poems, Suzanne...

Suzanne said...

Dick,
Oh! Thanks so much. (blush) I have a recent chap out, Red Paper Flower, that has about 26 pgs of poems. Not much new work online right now though. Thanks again. :-)