The Spontaneous Notebook March 13, 2011Posted by Mark Folse in Poetry, Toulouse Street.
THE WRITING OF POETRY IS NOT A CRAFT.
WE ARE MAKING BIRDS, NOT BIRDCAGES.
–Dean Young, from The Art of Recklessness
Which is not to say we are freed from all responsibility to form or the traditions that inform us, only that a slavish adherence to formalism or it’s complete abandonment may or may not be poetry (or story or novel or what have you).
Somewhere along the way I started to lose the sense of Toulouse Street as notebook, the idea that in this age quotes such as this don’t belong in my little notebook where I might forget to share it, will never get around to writing our modern letters via email to someone about these lines, but instead if it struck me this powerfully I should just post it here in my worldly journal.
Shame on me.