6.10.2014

revision resistant

The problem was that the poem couldn’t be improved upon.

4 comments:

Conrad DiDiodato said...

It's said Duncan never revised his poetry. Too bad. There was a lot of potential there.

JforJames said...

I was thinking of something Jack Gilbert used to say about certain failed poems. He used the analogy of a dead cat. You can brush it and make it presentable; but it's still a dead cat.

Some things can't be improved because they are perfect in their ordinariness or complete in their inertness.

vazambam (Vassilis Zambaras) said...

A "pi├Ęce de r├ęsistance"!

mittens said...

Ive met a few of those dead cat poems, and truly, every word is perfect; perfectly phrased, perfectly expressed, perfectly written. Perfectly dull. I call 'em personal poems and put them on the bottom of the stack.