Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Writer's Diary #22: Is This Poetry?

hTe eidmmu si het sgsamee. -alMlshar huLManc

7 comments:

Allison said...

I have issues with with McLuhan.

But who is to say what is poetry and what isn't.

John Mutford said...

I'm not sure how I feel about him.

And I guess poetry is in the mind of the reader.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I suppose it does make a statement about both the medium and the message, but I think it is rather more art than poetry, in that it plays with letters to present something both unfamiliar and recognizable.

John Mutford said...

Hmmm. "More art than poetry" eh? Is poetry not art?

Also, what if the question, i.e., "Is This Poetry?" is also the title?

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Not in the strictly visual sense, which this letter play seems to be.

John Mutford said...

It is play, for sure. But it has a specific purpose (and points) beyond play, so to me it is poetry. According to wikipedia, poetry is "a form of art in which language is used for its aesthetic and evocative qualities in addition to, or in lieu of, its ostensible meaning." I would say it fits that as well.

Of course, by my making the title a question, I'm implying that there is some confusion, confusion that we each take with us when we approach a poem or something that calls itself a poem.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Okay, I'll agree that given the wiki definition that certainly fits the criterion of poetry. And the title certainly makes it provocative, as well as evocative. In fact I can't remember the last time I pondered a poem (is it a poem?) so much.