TECHNIQUE. Jack ends this section with a statement I feel is more of a question: “It’s just a matter of whether the techniques are being invented in the making or are being applied more consciously as devices a book such as this can teach.”
I’d like to know what he thought about Anne Sexton’s Transformations. There are many varied streams of consciousness and clever uses of literary devices throughout her collection. Were these poems carefully crafted or had they already been created in her mind, longing for the page? The layers in Sexton’s poems are exquisite. “The White Snake” comes to mind…
I tried my hand at the exercise this section concluded with entitled “Twenty Little Poetry Projects” by Jim Simmerman. I feel as if I’ve channeled John Ashbery in my attempt (think “Farm Implements and Rutabagas in a Landscape“) and am still chuckling about my hen and her impending frying.
I think you can create a poem from each one of these “Twenty Little Poetry Projects.” Have fun!