Vincent Katz
Poetry as Seeing: A Technique for Living

From Tether 2, page 10

“Williams’ famous dictum, “No ideas but in things,” repeatedly referenced by Allen Ginsberg and others, interestingly comes, in the poem in which it appears (“A Sort of a Song,” from the 1944 collection The Wedge), as a parenthesis between two commands: “Compose.” and “Invent!” So composition may be understood a somewhat spontaneous process, stimulated by observation of (daily) phenomena, but the artist’s invention, or imagination, is necessary to fuse that composition into a work of art, much as the sun in “Spring Strains” welds the disparate elements of a scene into a vision in the poet’s mind.”


Tether 2, 2016
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