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.”
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 serves on the executive board of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts and is co-editing with Heidi Lynn Staples the anthology Big Energy Poets of the Anthropocene: When Ecopoets Think Climate Change. She also co-edited the anthology Bettering American Poetry 2015 and is a professor of creative writing at SUNY Nassau Community College.