The neophyte poet’s work combines a prepossessing manner, a singularity of vision, and some sense of resonance with a past master. Though current trends may privilege such essentials—and often they do not require them in great supply—these qualities alone do not automatically qualify a poet for greatness. A good poet has the capacity to compellingly depict his impressions of the world. The stronger poet is able to plot fresh space, perform some generative act in the face of the life’s maelstroms, creatively confront the page that will consume his words once they are said, and bestow upon his reader a perception of having engaged something sufficiently potent as to be productive and primary.
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