Posted by Karen R on November 06, 1997 at 15:54:08:
In response to expounding, written by Sherry on November 06, 1997 at 15:25:09
] Well, I guess I shall have to expound here a little.
] Ash as a poet looks for the essence in all things, the heart of it all, seeking to show the truth of any given situation or even a thing, say like a door knob. How many opportunities has this knob opened onto or shut out ? How many people has it seen come and go ? Was it used to create sanctuary or to escape? ect. That is what my limited experience of poets, in my life,has taught me. I know two, one many years ago who I had a fleeting romance with, and the second a friend named Rebecca.
] In both cases they sought to find and describe the truth of everything, clarifying, ad infintitum and ad nauseum. Maybe it was just peculiar to them but Ash it seems to me was looking for this truth and underlying essence with Cristabel too.
] I am not saying there are not other kinds of poets. I just see Ash in the light of my own life experience. I actually like poetry, it's the poets I have trouble with.
Ah, I have no problem with how you characterize poets in general, but as I try to explain--probably badly--in a post below, Ash is a total failure when it comes to understanding love. All his poetry to date has been in the mode of the "great ventriloquist" speaking through the mouths of dead men. It was characteristic of the times, with the major leaps and advances in science, to explore and analyze what constituted life. But isn't it ironic that the one poem he wrote about love "Ask to Embla" is this great mystery to everyone. They can't imagine who he wrote it for. It's just not in him...and he doesn't have the backbone to let it develop.
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