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A Brief Essay on Poetry

Who knows what happens in a poet's mind, other than the poet?
Indeed, does the poet know what rolls the phrases out, what makes the image dance?

Culled from a lifetime of work these examples may or may not appeal to everyone, may or may not even be poetry, but, after all, art is anything with which the artist can get away!

Yet, these poems which are standing the test of time, at least in the poet's estimation, are pointed at Life, Love, God, the Tao, the Universe, and English language itself.
Modern and mythical, religious and raucous, each has a kernel of poetic truth, if not some pan-human perscipacity.