Write a poem for contest Where Is Your Perch On the Curve?
When writing poetry, I often feel like a guy trying to tap dance gracefully carrying a safe. Not surprisingly when I came across the quote below in an essay on William Carlos Williams, written by Octavio Paz, I thought: Aha! So that's your position on the matter then!
"Meaning ceaselessly undermines the poem; it seeks to reduce its reality as an object of the senses and as a unique thing to an idea, a definition or a 'message'. To protect the poem from the ravages of meaning, poets stress the material aspect of language. In poetry, the physical properties of the sign, audible and visible, are not less but more important than the semantic properties."
I tend to agree with Paz's point in general but have yet to find my perch on the curve, veering from tedious didacticism to obtuse frippery and back. The prompt then, is to write a poem, any style and length demonstrating YOUR position on this continuum.