I am deeply touched by J.A. Carter- Winward’s interpretation of my poem so I am sharing with my readers. Thank you.
Church Flower, JACW Photography©
This poem was originally published in Vita Brevis, and was chosen by the editor as a favorite, so I re-read it again today, and it still tugged at me the way it did when I first read it. It begged me to take it apart.
Dismantling/deconstructing a poem is not as horrific or callous as one might think. I find intention and value in almost all creative endeavors, and to presume to know whether a poet made a mistake or didn’t execute something that is free-verse is, to my mind, arrogant. Of course, if it was a particular form, that might be up for critique for some people who feel they must stay true to the “correct” form. But to my mind, even that is absurd.
The point of poetry, to me, is to take what cannot be conveyed with simply a word or…
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