what's beyond craft and history? Joan Houlihan asks Reginald Sheperd and K. Silem Mohammed.

But what ARE these other things about writing poetry that are more important than craft (which, by the way, takes a lifetime to learn, if one ever does) and the study of poetic traditions and histories?


how about: ability to codify one's own poetics; ability to formulate a poetics; ability to create an individual (unique, innovative, specific/general, new, discrete) practice of writing creatively deliberately 1) at all, 2) rather than unconsciously, accidentally, or etc.


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