18 ene. 2006

Some poets hit you immediately and some don't. The ones that do give you that immediate, and mostly false, sense that poetry is immediately available, and that poetic greatness is like a visible aura that surrounds the work. For example, I never doubted that Wallace Stevens or Claudio Rodríguez were great. I recognized it within seconds of first reading their work.

This doesn't work most of the time. That is only one way of experiencing poetic "greatness." Yet without this experience there would be a diminished sense of poetry.