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When you are dissatisfied with the way everyone else has expressed something, you have to write poetry. Only poetry will do.

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A poetry of dissent has to be counter-intuitive. Do you really want to produce a newspaper story chopped up and served as verse?

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“When all that consoled consoles no longer
loneliness finds a room inside the one it knows.”
– Howard Altmann

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Sometimes nature is truly the best poem.

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Poets tend to run from Classicism, rather than towards it, believing it serves no purpose today. But Classicism has given us clarity, simplicity, proportion, perspective: all the virtues.

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Cicada
– by Hosho McCreesh
Sick of his own face,
sick of his skin, of the dark,
he crawls outside himself
to sing—
a better poet than most.

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Fragments of poetry by the ancients are evocative. Especially the . . . .

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Less is always more. But you have to work through a library of ‘more’ to get the fine print that is the ‘less’.

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