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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Otago Daily Times talks to poet Sue Wootton


Philip Somerville talks with writer Sue Wootton, our [Otago Daily Times] new Monday's Poem editor.
It was the obvious question for a leading New Zealand poet: ''What makes a good poem?''''If you poke it with a stick and it moves it's alive,'' Sue Wootton says.
''It's something about condensed energy, and the integration of sound and sense - every poem is its own creature. It has a life.''
A poem is patterned language, but the patterns might be formal or free-form, realistic or abstract. A poem might be humorous, sad, delightful, easily accessible or challenging and obscure.
Poetry, according to Wootton, is a broad church.

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