Wednesday, May 15, 2013

365 Poems: Strangeness

Day 135

Piebald horse
This TED talk caught our eye -- even through it's talking about data and business models and more data, it struck us that needing strangeness, embracing strangeness, is what poetry is all about. 'The poetic eye'  sounds kind of lame and cliche. What if we called it, 'the eye for strange'?

Gerard Manley Hopkins hit it. This is not the first time we've had to quote 'Pied Beauty':

All things counter, original, spare, strange;
  Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
    With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:
Praise him.

And probably I get a prize for mentioning Gerard Manley Hopkins and Maria Bezaitis in the same sentence.

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