----- From: Diana Manister
He gets a rep for being less emotional than most other poets because he
takes emotional repression as his subject, don't you think?
No. Emotional repression is simply what a lot of readers have projected onto
given the climate of emotional repression. It may also have to do with
reading the poems
in print to one's self, without the auditory resonances happening which are
so crucial to it.
DM>A good reading of his poetry is anything but unemotional.
The experience of death may well be in some of the poems,
but the feelings of death are in the reader.
DM>His poems are expressive of that emotional state, of all the disgust,
rationalization and emptiness it comprises.
I'm not sure his poems express anything, although they are certainly treated
in that cliché way.
He presents perceptual experiences, out of which readers express their
DM>Only a speaker in great distress would cry out for peace three times:
"Shantih, shantih, shantih."
Perhaps only if you are the reader.
DM>The word is loaded with all that has preceded it in the poem, and so
qualifies as poignantly affective language, as I see it.
The word is only loaded with that with which you have loaded it.