Well, what I’m trying to say is if you have an idea that you want to develop, don’t write a poem about it because it’s almost bound to be a bad poem. You can have an idea that you want to develop, and the poem develops an idea which is a little bit different. Say, like Pope’s “Essay on Man” which was supposed to please Bolingbroke enormously and didn’t, and didn’t please Pope. I’m using just about the so-called most disciplined poet there.
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The House That Jack Built : The Collected Lectures of Jack Spicer
Wesleyan University Press 1998