Monday, May 26, 2008

On Narrative and Lyric

I've been writing poems lately that emphasize a narrative--poems based upon historical figures, both real and imagined. I am trying to avoid the autobiographical, even in my more lyric work.

I am happy with the results. Those poems in which I am directly implicated--it is difficult as a contemporary poet to entirely avoid the self--seem informed by this looking outward; by the avoidance of a mirror.

2 Comments:

Blogger The Elusive Labourer said...

What historical figures do you have in mind?

7:01 AM  
Blogger greg rappleye said...

Martin Johnson Heade, for example...

6:06 AM  

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