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Sep 24, 2023Liked by Ren Powell

"Poetry, as an art form, is not ornament or escapism. It’s a confrontation with our truths, and this is always transformative." This post strikes me as an ars poetica. And much to consider and mull over, as a poet myself...a means to living deliberately, as Jung suggests..I find that intriguing, and dare I say--hopeful.

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It does feel like an ars poetica - arrived at a bit backwards, but maybe it is true. It explains my rambling essays, certainly, and why I have a difficult time feeling the poems are ever doing the "magic" they intend.

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Ah, I like this. Great art is something which contains universal truths, because those truths speak to everyone in a different way. And we all live those truths differently but recognise them in a piece of art which speaks directly to us because it contains those truths. I am far less eloquent than you, so it's good to see my primitive thoughts given their full meaning in your reasoned and resounding words.

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You are not less eloquent. I think we both see universals and still recognize that it doesn't mean sameness. I like that you point that out!

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I think we'll agree to disagree on my level of eloquence. I have never studied poetry, and everything I do or say or write is visceral in the extreme. And that's not an excuse - I just have never felt drawn towards the theory of the art. Does that make sense?

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good to see you here, Paul!

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