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August 12, 2013

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A very interesting consideration. I tend to think, as you've described, that poetry's loyalty is to language, while nonfiction's is to some sense of fact. It does get tricky when the two become so closely linked, when poetry is driven by memory. Do you think poetry requires this exactitude factitude, or was this just the surprise at memory's blurs? In any case, thanks for posting.

Fascinating meditation on poetry, truth, memory and belonging - set me thinking! Have been sharing your posts with various people ...

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