Impelled toward a Momentary Regularity

Emerson’s remark helps suggest the all-important difference: “It is not meters, but a meter-making argument that makes a poem.” In this kind of poem the poet establishes regularity only to depart from it expressively. When he does compose a metrically regular line it is not because the metrical scheme tells him to, but because something in the matter he is embodying impels him toward a momentary regularity.   […] 

The poet working in free verse has already chosen to eschew one of the the most basic expressive techniques in poetry.

Paul Fussell: Poetic Meter and Poetic Form
(from Chapter 3, Metrical Variations)

Why is poetry dead?

Because the combination of song writer and recorded music displaced it. A song is much more accessible to the average person than a poem, and technology made songs widely available. Poetry responded to its diminished status by retreating into narcissistic incoherence. Sure the philistines may not recognize the true greatness of modern poetry, but at least poets could take comfort in their own self-declared cultural superiority. When public rejection became a necessary characteristic of great poetry, then there was no longer any hope.

It’s not correct to say a poet is the same as a song writer. It’s easier to write lyrics for a song because the song writer can lean upon the music. The poet has only words (and at one time such archaic concepts as rhyme and rhythm and meaning and significant subject matter) to carry his message. Poetry is a much harder art form. But better Dylan than a modern poet who composes what passes for poetry in this day and age. Better to let the dead decompose undisturbed.

commentary by Carl Jacobs at The Spectator

Social Work-Out

The curious thing about social work
is the contradiction contained therein.
The cognitive dissonance drives one berserk.
(but NEVER refer to the issue as sin).

While family breakdown compounds and surrounds us,
the more our employment remains secured;
while the plight of society grieves and confounds us,
pragmatic self-interest will have the last word.

Ironic scenario: death by success.
when our methods empower, we’re out of a client…
there’s always behavior we need to address
as we challenge – yet keep them compliant.

Their full liberation would make us superfluous –
(service-bureaucracies bank on dysfunction)
dependence for them means more case-numbers for us
while programs roll on, overriding compunction.

L.B.J’s Great Society, founded in charity,
morphed and devolved into mamas on welfare;
enabling breakdown, promoting disparity
(taxpayer-funded entitled class-warfare).

 

Social Work-Out

The curious thing about social work
is the contradiction contained therein.
The cognitive dissonance drives one berserk.
(but NEVER refer to the issue as sin).

While family breakdown compounds and surrounds us,
the more our employment remains secured;
while the plight of society grieves and confounds us,
pragmatic self-interest will have the last word.

Ironic scenario: death by success.
when our methods empower, we’re out of a client…
there’s always behavior we need to address
as we challenge – yet keep them compliant.

Their full liberation would make us superfluous –
(service-bureaucracies bank on dysfunction)
dependence for them means more case-numbers for us
while programs roll on, overriding compunction.

L.B.J’s Great Society, founded in charity,
morphed and devolved into mamas on welfare;
enabling breakdown, promoting disparity
(taxpayer-funded entitled class-warfare).