A Faster Poem

Posted on June 7, 2008

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To be able to write a poem one must be a poem – the physical form of a poem is of the body; and so its silences are likewise corporeal.  An example would be Thom Gunn.  Gunn’s passion for Ben Jonson’s poetry created a kind of absolute from which his exacting sense of the unique impossible drew breath.

He who would not be frustrate of his hope to write well hereafter in laudable things, ought him selfe to be a true Poem.

Milton

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