It was Samuel Taylor Coleridge, I was taught, who defined poetry as ‘the best words in the best order’. (The internet, by the way, also gives this credit to Pound, Frost, Pope and Larkin. Great minds get misattributed alike. Why not also give the notion to Sappho, or Emily Dickinson, or Sei Shonagon? Those supreme minimalists, those unsurpassed formalists. Really, someone should fix the internet.) Back to Coleridge: ‘the best words in the best order’. Emboldened by this credo, might we pose some questions that prompt us into better poetry and canny analytical reflection about the texts one feels compelled to create? And might these questions mesh together and give shape to a productive creative-practice research project?
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Axon: Creative Explorations|
|Issue number||capsule 1|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|