Born in London on the last night of the Blitz, Karen Alkalay-Gut has been living and writing out in the open ever since. She was reared in Rochester, NY where she received her PhD. from the University of Rochester.
What is it about poetry that has the ability to connect us to those things we sense beyond language? The realm of the spirit, the metaphysical, close-to-the-jagged edge, raw nerve, depth of the heart, holy, sacred places--- those spaces seem more suited for the suggested music in poetry, the dance of language, the construction of that which makes and does not make sense all at once.
Yet poetry (when it is working well) is not vaulted, special, incomprehensible. When the art form is in the hands of a true artist, it is very comprehensible, even if it communicates something very profound.
There are lines of poetry so powerful, so soul shaping that one must carry them in one's memory -- or at the very least post them on the corkboard in the kitchen; or tuck them into the little clips holding up the bathroom mirror so everyday the poet can console or confront you while you clean your morning-and-night teeth.
These poems are what I have come to think of of as "plainsight poetry," that is, verses which must be kept at easy access. The one I most need now is this:
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