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Why do you write poetry? – Peter Bakowski

I asked a bunch of poets the above question. I’ll feature their answers here until I run out or find more poets to answer the question

Peter Bakowski says:

Where words take us
(for Adam Ford and Dennis Wild)

I write poetry because
it puts windows where there were walls.

I write poetry because today is a mountain
I’d like to reduce to a few stanzas.

I write poetry because it makes you notice
the veins of a leaf, a bank teller’s fingernails,
the weather inside yourself.

I write poetry because now is the time to write it.

I write poetry because I enjoy
coaxing words
out of the corral of my ribs,
letting them graze
upon the blank page
under the shade of an adverb.

I try to write poetry clearly, use words sparingly,
each word, a small cog or spring needed
to make the poem tick.
Don’t want to fog or flood
any readers proceeding to the end of my poem,
where they may rest
in the quiet clearing
just beyond
the last full stop.

[originally published on Bakowski Poetry News, December, 21 2009]

i would like to recommend these people's writing

Peter Bakowski has a blog.


And a new book out too. Here’s a short sample:

Your journey will be long,
dangers certain.
From clouds snakes will fall.
These can be killed only
by those amongst you
who have eaten wolf.

Don’t drink from pond or stream
in which black reeds grow.
One mouthful will turn you to stone.
Sleep with an eagle feather
clasped in your fist.
This keeps away lightning.

(from “Instructions to horsemen, Krakow, Poland, 1241“)