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True poetry is antibiographical. The poet’s homeland is his poem and changes from one poem to the next. The distances are the old, eternal ones: infinite like the cosmos, in which each poem attempts to assert itself as a — minuscule — star. Infinite also like the distance between one’s I and one’s You:..

From above: invisible and uncertain. From below: from the abyss of hope for the distant, the future-distant kin.

— Paul Celan, notes from Microliths [trans. Pierre Jorris.]

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John Berger, And Our Faces, My Heart, Brief as Photos
That a poem may use the same words as a Company Report means no more than the fact that a lighthouse and a prison cell may be built with stones from the same quarry, joined by the same mortar. Everything depends upon the relation between the words. And the sum total of all these possible relations depends upon how the writer relates to language, not as vocabulary, not as syntax, not even as structure, but as a principle and a presence.
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“Car la poésie, malgré l'ampleur des œuvres, ce n'est pas se complaire à la mise en place d'un univers du langage, avec objets ancrés chacun dans son nom, riches chacun de sa différence, c'est entendre dans chaque mot un silence qui est l'équivalent, dans l'espace propre au dessin, de la non-couleur, du vide.”

- Yves Bonnefoy, Devant la Sainte-Victoire

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“Poetry approached me in that chaos of raw inverted power and leaned over and tapped me on the shoulder, said, “You need to learn how to listen, you need grace, you need to learn how to speak. You’re coming with me.” I did not walk off into the sunset with poetry, or hit the town with a blaze of gunfire with poetry guarding my back. Rather, the journey toward poetry worked exactly as the process of writing a poem. It started from the inside out, then turned back in to complete a movement. And then on and on in the manner of a ripple in water, a song in the air.”

Joy Harjo, How We Became Human

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Randall Jarrell, Levels and Opposites: Structure in Poetry
What we need, to learn more about the structure of poetry, is not a “philosophical” attitude, the ability and determination to make a system out of any given facts. We need an attitude that includes a real submission to facts; a distrust of all the accepted preconceptions that blind us to what ever we do not already know or want to know; a dislike of all the systems or generalizations that actual observation does not justify. There are many different sorts of structure in poetry, many possible ways of or ganizing a poem; and many of these are combined in the organization of a single poem.
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Randall Jarrell, Levels and Opposites: Structure in Poetry
People regularly say that the structure of poetry is, or ought to be, logical. But if anyone will consider the nature of deductive logic, he will see that it is peculiarly unfitted to serve as the structure of poetry. Logic is static; its world is timeless, changeless, and motionless- one of being, not of becoming; it is composed of fixed, unchanging relations which join fixed, unchanging entities. The opposite is true of poetry. Logic is an atomistic mechanical system in which wholes are merely the sum of in dependent parts; neither poetry nor “reality” is a system of this sort, or contains either parts or wholes of this sort. Poetry loves contradictions, real ones; logic denies that they exist, saying that if A is true, not-A is  necessarily false. Logic is concerned only with the conscious rational level of the mind, and tries to make the reader cold, tentative, not forced into anything, free to make an unemotional, entirely conscious, com pletely disinterested choice; it is obvious that poetry does the opposite, is completely different.
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Randall Jarrell, Levels and Opposites: Structure in Poetry
The desire to be truthful and the desire to be effective struggle perpetually in the poet’s heart.
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Randall Jarrell, Levels and Opposites: Structure in Poetry
A successful poem starts from one position and ends at a very different one, often a contradictory or opposite one; yet there has been no break in the unity of the poem.
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John Berger, And Our Faces, My Heart, Brief as Photos
Every authentic poem contributes to the labor of poetry. And the task of this unceasing labor is to bring together what life has separated or violence has torn apart. Physical pain can usually be lessened or stopped only by action. All other human pain, however, is caused by one form or another of separation. And here the act of assuagement is less direct. Poetry can repair no loss but it defies the space which separates. And it does this by its continual labor of reassembling what has been scattered.
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on poetry’s multiplicity of meaning

In his [Acimans] prose, he retains the adherence to the multiplicity of meaning engendered by poetry, which, as one character in Call Me By Your Name says, will “help us see double,” like wine

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INTERVIEWER: You’ve said you see yourself not as a confessional poet, but as an autobiographical poet. What’s the distinction? Your poems often use facts from your life.

COLE: A confessional poem is more diary-like and confined to the here and now and without much aesthetic dignity. When I am writing, there is no pleasure in revealing the facts of my life. Pleasure comes from the art-making impulse, from assembling language into art.

INTERVIEWER: It seems to me that your poems refuse therapy. They give us access to certain kinds of pain and grief, and then they leave us there.

COLE: I think it would be rather narrow—and moralistic—to say that poetry must comfort us and point to what is good. I don’t think that is the function of art, though sometimes it is a happy result. In any case, a sentimental, moralizing poem is not what I want to write. I don’t want the reader to experience comfort—I want the opposite. A lyric poem presents an X-ray of the self in a moment of being, and usually this means dissonance. I think immediately of the “sonnets of desolation” or “terrible sonnets” by Gerard Manley Hopkins, where there is no compulsion to hide the darkest corners of the soul.

Henri Cole, from an interview for the Paris Review; “The Art of Poetry No. 98″

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Life falls through a venom

Crippling stream of unconsciousness

Surrending senses to the wilderness

Melting like a candle stick

Drowning in dire panic

Gravity pulls all existence

Into a ferocious wonderland

Where void traps the deadly warmth

Plunging through the oblivion

Darkness becomes the loveliest vision

Silence becomes the sweetest piece

Finally succumbing to a reassuring demise

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