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August 26, 2014

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Poetry doesn't do anything, we do. The answer to questions like this tell us a lot more about ourselves than about poetry. Dark places, light places, horror, beauty, poetry doesn't recognize these things, we do, so the questions are for us. Poetry has its own concerns. Don't ask me what they are, because I have no idea. I know I'm participating in those concerns when I write something that's a poem, but still I don't know what it is. I've said too much...first rule of poetry, don't talk about poetry.

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