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With her usual style and wit, poet Marianne Moore explains why “Poetry” can be such a perfectly contemptuous form. After all, it can be nearly impenetrable, often paradoxical, and seemingly condescending to the uninitiated.  Yet, in spite of poetry’s sometimes inscrutable ways, Moore acknowledges its clarifying role in our collective consciousness--i.e., the best phrases and most...

“There is a magic made by melody,” say Elizabeth Bishop, and I imagine that such magic is especially potent on Mondays, as we face the workweek and make plans to perform meaningful work—for ourselves and those we care for. A little poetic soundtrack for this week’s road-trip, so to speak.  As I understand it, the poets help us to rediscover the meaning that is “there before us; there before we...

With her usual style and wit, poet Marianne Moore explains why “Poetry” can be such a perfectly contemptuous form. After all, it can be nearly impenetrable, often paradoxical, and seemingly condescending to the uninitiated.  Yet, in spite of poetry’s sometimes inscrutable ways, Moore acknowledges its clarifying role in our collective consciousness--i.e., the best phrases and most...