Does anything strike you as odd about the picture above?
|Earl the Squirrel's Rule #13|
As long as we believe poetry is an oral tradition we will overlook its dramatic presence. Ironically, if poetry did involve disembodied voices it might have thrived with the advent of radio, as music did.
|Earl the Squirrel's Rule #2|
The modern trend toward incoherence is yet another reflection of the flight from sight and sound. Who wants to seem or see a fool reciting nonsense? In writing for an audience it is not enough to make sense; we must do so in real time. Otherwise, listeners can be thrown by one obscure expression, blurring the rest of the poem. Visuals can facilitate instant recognition. To wit, imagine reading or hearing this sentence:
We live in china patterns, whispering words, like glyphs of straw, so strange to loveless minds.
If we get past how two might "live in china patterns", "words...like glyphs of straw" may seem too "poetic" for many. However, if we combine it with the photo at the top we create an "Aha!" moment instead:
Poetry's future is its past.