Thursday, July 23, 2009

George Szirtes on the great poem

“All good poems surprise. Great poems keep surprising for longer, for as long as we can imagine. The surprise is not willed: it arrives, lands in our laps. We can sense its approach as we move through the poem, every sense alert.” For more of this and George Szirtes' Poetry Workshop: Writ Small, visit the Guardian online. George selected Lost by Caroline Lynch as the finest of the responses to this exercise. Here's a tease: beyond the Claddagh's green spit/that travels out into nothing between//two enormous blues. I am vanishing …

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