Time Alone? & Other Poems


by James L. Clark


A poetry publisher concluded not long ago that a poem’s assertion or point of view is not of as much interest as that of how it is expressed. In his view, substance was secondary to form, which might also be defined as gimmickry but perhaps most often is simply structure requiring a modicum of discipline to achieve, especially regarding rhythm and rhyme. He asserted that sincerity is less important than authenticity, apparently applying to a work no matter its form…or formlessness.
The conclusion: a poem is whatever anyone says it is…or not. However, sincerity is not less important than anything, though inaccuracy is never acceptable, so the poet strives to mesh form with substance in a way to make his message both worth reading and easier to remember than it would be if delivered as prose. This is why public speakers such as preachers and politicians often use poetry to make a point as unforgettable as possible and why words set to music make them much easier to memorize. These offerings, it is hoped, will elicit both interest and response, as well as entertain a bit, no matter if the reaction is positive or negative or simply “who is this idiot?”

Time Alone? & Other Poems

ISBN: 978-1-300-64401-9 (paperback)

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