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Argues that if poems are to topic in American tradition, they need to be learn instead of theorized over.
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That’s why she has come where she has come in the poem’s last section. ” She going out quietly afterward to scream into the wind from the ocean. Coming in. Lighting the lamps. —Jack Gilbert2 The division at issue here is an age-old one: the difference between experiencing the thing and telling about it. But beyond all that I am very vague about the poem. Who is this person? What is going on? There’s a story in progress, but in the background. In the foreground we have traditional montages and a yearning after ﬂuency.
The irony is, of course, that in a way, Bergman does just that in the strawberry and milk scene of that ﬁlm and that sort of self-referential shock is my point about Linda Gregg and a great many other artists here. I wonder now if that curious technique might have something to do with the differences between artists perceived to be humane and those whose outlook on the world prevents them from enclosing a secret love note to it inside their art. Gregg concludes her poem by admitting that she cannot “bind her mouth or teach her heart despair of living,” that is, she must make her poem and accept life despite everything.
But has imagination failed also, along with the prefabrication of the past? Emotion merely, she says, is enough. You keep looking. But not for stories or images. They are all around us and go on forever. It is language that will save us in the end. Wallace Stevens would be proud of her. Is this a moral assertion we are approving of in the ﬁfth section? ” Do poems need or necessarily possess such a disclaimer? Is this the black frenzy ﬂying across a red rectangle on chained paper and, at the same time, a signal that we will now turn around, our sympathies successfully having been engaged, and be led out by language that forswears its reality just at the moment it proves it?