G.C. Waldrep: ‘A Poem is an Ark’

“A poem is an ark. It is a vessel that carries a message across a void. And–this is the crucial difference, I think–carries that message to an audience that will include people who do not know the poet, whom the poet does not know. Perhaps not now. Perhaps not ever.

Prayer is that which conveys a message to God, who is either known or knowing, more or less by definition. Poetry is that which conveys a message to a stranger.”–G.C. Waldrep

From “Messages to Strangers,” (A God in the House, Tupelo, 2012)

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