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Friday, July 17, 2009

Joel Brouwer on Poetry of Hayden Carruth

It’s hard to learn how to write poems, and it’s hard to decide what to write them about. It’s hardest of all, though, to discover (or create) a good reason to write them at all. I don’t think I realized when I read Carruth’s Collected Shorter Poems in 1992 that the most crucial lesson he had to offer me was the necessity of confronting that fearful task directly and continuously, with honesty and integrity. If I’ve begun to understand that lesson in the years since, it’s in no small part thanks to the present moment of the past which lives in that book’s pages.

link: Hayden Carruth (1921-2008) : Joel Brouwer : Harriet the Blog : The Poetry Foundation


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