Voice as “the lived inhabitance a good poem gives off” – Jane Hirshfield, from Nine Gates

In her brilliant collection of essays, Nine Gates, Jane Hirshfield writes of voice as “the lived inhabitance a good poem gives off.  Voice is not a matter of subject, nor of the activity a poem undertakes; it is another level of content, equally essential to a poem’s realization, infusing each choice and gesture a poem makes.  Voice is the underlying style of being that creates a poem’s rounding presence, making it continuous, idiosyncratic, and recognizable.”

The truth here is applicable to all forms of writing.  I follow this path with complete attention.

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~ by samofthetenthousandthings on March 18, 2012.

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