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Djelloul Marbrook: What is Poetry For?

To say the unsayable is the province of poetry in society—to say it in such a way that it occupies the rafters, the eaves, the cantilevers, cornerstones, ogees and Palladians of the mind, in such a way that it constitutes the mnemonics of a culture. 2,318 more words

Poetry

lists (v)

the rare
the black
the eyes
come in threes

lists (iv)

a bruise
on any
visible
child
is

the father’s
jump
on winter

lists (iii)

with what there is
of my tongue
I will reach
the back
of my head
as the television
softens
the cat
it bathes

lists (ii)

the three point line
is the madman
spots
a cigarette

lists (i)

the identity
of the kid
didn’t
beat us up
is

the schoolyard
our church
of arson