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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

R. Blau DuPlessis, "Draft 85: Hard Copy"

"How to make the confrontation spoken by poetry offer the force of an intervention— so that one feels the whole differently. Beyond one, but inside one. How to talk about the level of art as grounding and arousing. As compassion, empathy, resistance. As respect for the unknown, even the unknowable. As entrance into the intricacy of languages and structures, into the mesh of musical grammars. How to move beyond the 'technology of solutions' by making analysis a verbal saturate. How to produce resonance."

—Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Draft 85: Hard Copy

No poem is totally the poem you meant to write, but every poem you've written is the one you did or could write, brought to the poise or level of interest to which you could bring it. That is, the poem escapes the poem. Or the poem escapes the poet. Or is it, the poem escapes the poetics? With in the simultaneity of making and a sense of loss, something escapes inside the work. This 'escape' authenticates the work.

—Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Surge: Drafts 96-114

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