UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Noel Callow (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Robert Watson

Abstract: This thesis is a collection of poems I have written that, for one reason or another, I consider finished. I think the "workshop" vocabulary for talking about poetry is usually silly and imprecise, but when we are talking about the actual writing of poetry it is difficult to avoid it entirely, and in this furniture-making section of North Carolina it is somehow natural and fitting to speak of a poem as if it were something for the house, to be used and pushed around as needed. So, I can say, because the vocabulary is convenient, that some of the poems here are finished simply because I am through working on them, through fixing and repairing them and making them comfortable. Others are finished because they have been deliberately "polished." That is, the only division in the text separates the poems whose forms were especially important to me during the writing (the poems of section II) from those whose forms were not especially important to me during the writing. I know the difference is often indistinguishable to the reader. That is because for as long as I have been writing poems I have been conscious and respectful of their formal aspects, whether they are most evident in the complicated demands of a long-established verse pattern, or simply in the balanced arrangement of a poem on the page.

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 1970

Email this document to