Poetry Doesn’t Need a Defense


Poetry Doesn’t Need a Defense
By Amy King

“Poetry in motion!” “Her use of poetic license awakens the spirit…” “The hands of poetry at work …”

Whether it be about a film, book, painting, or the ballet, these oft-heard review statements have one thing in common: the knowledge that compositions revealing fresh and unusual techniques, styles, and ways of seeing are the “cutting edge” of the arts. Present a work that breaks with convention, however slightly, if it bears out beyond expectation, delights, startles, or merely unsettles the world as a static notion, then you’ve created the “poetic.”


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Amy King is the recipient of the 2015 Winner of the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) Award. Her latest collection, The Missing Museum, is a winner of the 2015 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize. She co-edited with Heidi Lynn Staples the anthology Big Energy Poets of the Anthropocene: When Ecopoets Think Climate Change. She also co-edits the anthology series, Bettering American Poetry, and is a professor of creative writing at SUNY Nassau Community College.

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