A Way to Live Through Time (what is poetry)

The summer issue of Poetry is truly spectacular, including many of the greatest American poets alive today (Hoagland, Hirschfield, Merwin) and some startling newcomers (including my former Antioch/MFA classmate Vanessa Place). But best of all may be an autobiography in poem, by John Koethe, which is not only unforgettable, but includes a simply great definition of poetry:

For that’s what poetry is—a way to live through time
And sometimes, just for a while, to bring it back.

As they say, read the whole thing, called Ninety-Fifth Street.

Via Kevin McCollum's photostream, here's a picture of the place…

95th street

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