My poetics – introduction
By poetics I don’t mean the Aristotelian tradition of seeking laws and principles for literature, more the whole rich, varied phenomena of poetry. I see poems are tools for maximising cognitive opportunities, which enrich human lives and culture. Poems are more than boxes of metaphor; poems are processes, which energise people, performances, and memories – over time. The poem is ‘scaffolding’, an opportunity for both creator and listener/reader to use language to think and feel.
My PhD thesis ‘A New Defence of Poetry’ updated Sir Philip Sidney’s and Shelley’s defences and was well received: “This is an extraordinary thesis . . . The total effect is undoubtedly an original contribution to the understanding of the role poetry might play in the contemporary world. [His poems] in their range of reference, and their mixture of personal, historical and natural perspectives, act as a really interesting companion to the accumulation of scholarly references in the other parts of the thesis. They are also excellent poems.” Dr Ivor Indyk.
Just as important as stories are our underlying images, metaphors and practices . . .
We have surrendered our handwriting for something more mechanical, less distinctively human . . .
Thanks John for the wonderful workshop. I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed it . . .
I talked about getting down and dirty.
Creativity is a common catch-phrase and not just in the world of arts and letters. We all want to be creative, our politicians want the country to become creative . . . poem
I ask you which sort. It’s like saying I don’t like music.
In the first of his Letters to a Young Poet, the German poet Rainer Maria Rilke demanded the poet pay attention to the world.
Lawson died a broken alcoholic, Banjo is on the $10 note and his mythologising of the bush has only recently faded.
I was at an intimate reading Heaney gave at Sydney University probably in the early 90s, His voice was poetry, he was warm and approachable and a poet who had meant much to me.
I know they are a lottery but one with better odds than Keno.