The Killer Poem

The Killer Poem

Not long ago, I amazed a group of people by reciting from memory the poem “The Road Not Taken”, by Robert Frost. The recitation was impressive because it was spontaneous. After one person tried to reference a line from the poem, I was able to finish the...
A Unified Theory of Poetry, Part 2

A Unified Theory of Poetry, Part 2

Art is not a mystery. It is not a secret club where membership is predicated upon the ineffable, meant to exclude those who are not in the circle. Art has rules, and it follows that anyone who learns and internalizes those rules can produce it. There are, naturally,...