Definition of Great

By Lewis Warsh b. 1944 Lewis Warsh
Momentarily
 
                           the language of description is lost
 
        what you see with your eyes is enough, for you, anyway
 
but how to get the sense of what you saw across
 
                                                                              to another person
 
it’s possible
 
                      through the spirit in your voice
 
        when you say
 
                                         “it was great!”
 
to convey
 
                            what happened
 
                                            in that moment
 
      & it was great
 
                                        not only that
 
                              it was terrific, & interesting too
                  
                                                                              it was nice
 
            & I had a good time doing it. I had fun.
 
You should have been there. Not only that, it was beautiful.
It was inspiring.

Lewis Warsh, "Definition of Great" from Dreaming as One, published by Corinth Books. Copyright © 1971 by Lewis Warsh. Reprinted by permission of Lewis Warsh.

Source: Dreaming As One (Corinth Books, 1971)

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Poet Lewis Warsh b. 1944

Subjects Living, The Mind, Activities, Indoor Activities, Arts & Sciences, Language & Linguistics

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One of the principal members of the second generation of the New York School poets, Lewis Warsh’s long career has spanned the experimental writing movement on both coasts and produced a wealth of poems, novels, commentaries, translations, and art works. Born in the Bronx, New York, Warsh attended the City College of New York, where he earned both his BA and MA in English. Warsh started writing poetry and fiction as a teenager . . .

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