This week’s new favorite poet redefines poetry with his inventive structure and ideas. In a lot of his work, he loosens the chains of formality and just lets language do its thing.
In the BOMBLOG article sited below, he says: “Recently I’ve been dropping the ‘is’ out of my metaphors and relying on the reader to make the associative leaps—for instance, saying ‘and the moon, terrible’ instead of ‘and the moon is terrible.’ Verbs of being are hard to make exciting. They diminish multiplicity. They’re argumentative. They provide the benefit of strong rhetorical declaration—the body is this or that—but run the risk of stalling out, or even stagnating a poem….”.
The poem Saying Your Names is not just a poem, it’s a path Siken leads you down, sometimes your blindfolded, sometimes he is, other moments you both have your eyes wide open.