Sunday, September 07, 2008

Every once in a while I'm tempted

Every once in a while I'm tempted to use a great phrase like "The Things that Make Me Weak and Strange Get Engineered Away" as the title of a poem, but doing so sets the reader's expectations very high and it's hard not be upstaged. Here's a Wallace Stevens poem, "Frogs Eat Butterflies. Snakes Eat Frogs. Hogs Eat Snakes. Men Eat Hogs", with the same problem.

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2 Comments:

Blogger ß. Andrigon said...

That's a great Stevens poem..
Don't let that title dilemma deter you.

7/9/08 21:25  
Blogger rilkefan said...

Well, I don't get it anyway. From the title one would expect something transformative, but instead we get some (virtuosic but at the end of the day grubby) imagery that doesn't do much for me - ok, sea-mouths, but so what? Why should I read this poem instead of rereading "Sea Surface Full of Clouds"?

7/9/08 22:14  

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