Unforgettable

A poem, I believe, should always be
so unforgettable that, read just once,
it does not make the reader feel that he,
because he cannot understand it, is a dunce.
A poet’s words should always be transparent,
with language as translucent as cubed ice
that melts in readers’ mouths in an apparent
attempt to roll new words as God rolls dice.


5/18/06

by gershon hepner

Comments (2)

Sir, I 'smell' that this poem is in praise of transparent, easy-to-understand poetry, such as in the example of Mr Kunitz (according to the endnote) . I also 'smell' that both you and the Mr Beck of your endnote are suggesting that such transparent poetry as of Kunitz is as high-impact and skilled as poetry can get. For your part, sir, do you not 'smell' that in my comment below I am saying that while I prefer transparent writing, I sometimes meet a work that I do not understand but still manage to enjoy thanks to its beautiful wording? Sir, please do not think me a 'dunce'!
But sometimes, Gersh, I am able to enjoy a poem even without (fully) understanding it. For this to happen though, the language has to be seriously classy. I like your poem here, Gershy, but I don't really get it...: -) Winking at you, Gina.