Ralph Angel reads a handful of poems
Going through some old journals this weekend, I found a sheet titled "Workshop Notes - Ralph Angel!! 4/21/07." The excitement I felt at finding these notes is similar to what I felt walking into that workshop with a writer I adored. I was so nervous, I can't remember half of the workshop, so thank goodness for these notes:
Anytime you can, use the pure noun and verb.
Vagueness never conveys vagueness.
If you have a heavy-handed subject, you cannot treat it heavy-handedly. (See Cesar Vallejo's "Weary Rings)
Poetry: language for a language that cannot be articulated. Art exists because it cannot be said.
What do you think about Angel's explanation of why art exists?