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Ten Definitions of Poetry / Deu definicions de la poesia

1.  Poetry is a projection across silence of cadences arranged to break that silence with definite intentions of echoes, syllables, wave lengths.


2.  Poetry is a journal of a sea animal living on land, wanting to fly the air.


3.  Poetry is a series of explanations of life, fading off into horizons too swift for explanations.


4.  Poetry is a search for syllables to shoot at barriers of the unknown and the unknowable.


5.  Poetry is a theorem of a yellow-silk handkerchief knotted with riddles, sealed in a balloon tied to the tail of a kite flying in a white wind against a blue sky in spring.


6.  Poetry is the silence and speech between a wet struggling root of a flower and a sunlit blossom of that flower.


7.  Poetry is the harnessing of the paradox of earth cradling life and then entombing it.


8.  Poetry is a phantom script telling how rainbows are made and why they go away.


9.  Poetry is the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits.


10. Poetry is the opening and closing of a door, leaving those who look through to guess about what is seen during a moment.

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