n New Coin Poetry - Dalro prize

Volume 51, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0028-4459



Emily Dickinson said that she recognized a good poem by the fact that it made her whole body so cold that no fire could ever warm her up. And Franz Kafka said that a good book must be an ice axe to break the sea frozen inside us. What do both of these ideas have in common? That a poem and a story are not abstract and ethereal things. That a poem or a story are physical. And they produce physical effects. They freeze the blood in our veins. They smash the ice of our complacency and familiarity. They force us to think and to feel when thinking and feeling are the very last things either we or our societies want from us.

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