April 24, 2008

"When you meet the Buddha on the road..."

In case you need another reason to make up your own mind & shoot the Buddha:

In the April 6 issue of the New York Times Book Review, Mary Jo Salter, in a review of Grace Paley's book "Fidelity," described "intentional ambiguity as one of poetry's hallmarks." A few pages later, James Logenbach, in a review of Jorie Graham's book "Sea Change," said "poems thrive on precision." I guess a good poem must be precisely ambiguous.