Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Thomas Lux on What Poetry is "About"

One of the best monologues you'll see on the de-mystification of poetry. Lux eloquently breaks down the themes of poetry to just two: Love and Death (although I might add Alienation as a third!). He then goes on to discuss the writing of poetry and how it is based in hard work rather than the traditional notion of inspiration- a wonderful, down-to-earth poet discussing his vision of poetry in a straightforward, down-to-earth way. He engagingly reads one of his better known poems called Soup Teachers and finishes with a lovely and amazing Pablo Neruda poem about tomatoes (though really about Love and Death simultaneously! To watch it now, click here.

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