Fair Warning

“Genuine love for poetry means a love for specific texts—ones that have startled or moved you in unforgettable ways. This love has nothing to do with the author of a text, who is merely the historical accident who has produced it. If you love a poem it will move you whether you read it silently, or hear it recited aloud, or even if the poet is anonymous. Your love and appreciation will be grounded in the text, and nothing else.”

                                                 –Joseph Salemi, “Some Thoughts on Poetry Readings”

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