Tuesday, April 24, 2007

"I Just Don't Get It"

Slate magazine celebrates National Poetry Month in their typically and amusingly perverse way with this interesting piece, “In Praise of Difficult Poetry” by Robert Pinsky.

I was waiting for Wallace Stevens to come up in the article (though I found his poem one of the most accessible of those mentioned). I want to include an allusion to one of his poems in my novel-in-progress, Prodigal Daughters, but, frankly, I am afraid to, terrified I’ve misinterpreted the poem in some significant, embarrassing, humiliating-for-life way. Freshman poetry class all over again where someone (not me!) thought that "Leda and the Swan" by William Butler Yeats was about a pet bird.

Smart people are welcome to explain Wallace Stevens to me, so I can use the allusion (which is actually the title) with confidence: “Not ideas about the thing but the thing itself.” Doesn’t it sound Very Important?


DC-area author Leslie Pietrzyk explores the creative process and all things literary.