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Better Experienced than Explained: On ‘Why Poetry’ by Matthew Zapruder

Poetry is not the only genre that requires resident apologists, but poetry's form and function inherently require defense. Simply put, prose is our default mode. Poetry is a process of selection, of white space and rhythm. If prose is prayer, poetry is hymn. The post Better Experienced than Explained: On ‘Why Poetry’ by Matthew Zapruder appeared first on The Millions.
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