I Am Here and Not Not-there

I Am Here and Not Not-there

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This question was put by a registrant: What makes a poet's language distinctive?' We all fell silent, trying to pin it down, then tried to answer. Not just affection for words, which is common to all good writers; not necessarily a matter of cadence, formal structures, rhythm. The answer that came to me, forced out of minutes of dismissing options, was new to me too: It is saying I am here and not not-there''.'Ia#39;m sorry, I cana#39;t analyze how I work, though I know some poets can. si : With your poems, how much do you revise? ma: Second day after ... is usually scattering individual poems so that the reader will find an easy transition from page to page.

Title:I Am Here and Not Not-there
Author:Margaret Avison
Publisher:The Porcupine's Quill - 2009


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