Letter from Poetry Magazine

Letter to the Editor

by James Ross

Dear Editor,

I thoroughly enjoyed coupling my initial reaction to poems with the q&a’s. The poets’ explanations of their work opens new dimensions to the reader, at least this reader: that is, the poets’ stated intentions, possible meaning(s), and other choices are thrown into the fray. I learned new ways to encounter the poem. It’s something like reading movie reviews. While my spouse likes to experience the movie without preconceived ideas and use her own judgment, I prefer to encounter and engage the opinions of reviewers. Similarly, the poets’ explanations may be likened to reading a director’s interview about a film. The reader is privy to an authorial perspective, but the work still exceeds it. This excess is the power and beauty of poetry.

Originally Published: June 1, 2010

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This prose originally appeared in the June 2010 issue of Poetry magazine

June 2010

Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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