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July 10, 2013

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I'm definitely enjoying this week's posts. Regarding the first two, as a poet, editor, computer engineer and entrepreneur I've always been interested in the relationships between poet and career when the latter is non-obvious. I must add to that delightful catalogue Léopold Senghor, a great poet who also served as the first president of Senegal. That will take some beating, I think.

Anyway John Foy has now turned to another topic of deep, and even primary fascination for me in poetry: the role of Eros. I've always felt that the greatest poetry should join with the ecstatic, summiting the religious or the sexual urge. As an agnostic, I plump for the later. It's brilliant that this article pulls in my favorite writer on poetry, bar none: Robert Graves. I'm devoted to his lunatic ideas, even as I disbelieve half of them, but I do maintain that one of the areas where you can't fault the substance of his thinking is where Eros intersects Erato (and the other Muses.)

--Uche Ogbuji, Editor at http://wearekin.org/

Ah, Robert Graves. When he is good, he is very, very good, and sometimes he can "hurt [one] into poetry": "However, woman is not a poet; she is either a muse or she is nothing." Sing it, Roberto.

John, your posts this week have been terrific. Bravo! Complimenti!

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