Zeitgeist

Poesy plus Polemics

"Alter Zeitgeist Collage" Painting by Susett Heise From myartprints.co.uk “Alter Zeitgeist Collage”
Painting by Susett Heise
From myartprints.co.uk

is the poet a man of his times
channeling culture
stroking his page with a populist pen
conventional wisdom affirmed

if so then I cannot in conscience
consider myself of the class
call me something other than poet
I brook no convention

a poem should surpass the mundane
if it has any art it should contravene
culture should shake it or break it
or take it to thoughts wildly new

it should fly on surprises of language
not mire in idioms
pull truth through metaphors
rich with provocative notions

the best poem is never self-evident
rather it leads to discovery
readers will find their own meanings
unaware they’ve become its coauthors

should a poet achieve such success
that his work becomes
part of the zeitgeist
it’s time that his readers move on

– Paul F. Lenzi 2015

“A poet’s work is…

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