A Thirst Against Essay

Linda Gregg
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Blevins published a full-length collection of poems, The Brass Girl Brouhaha, with Ausable Press in 2003. In this essay, Blevins argues that Gregg's poem relies on thought to the detriment of the production of feeling.

Despite being the noisiest proponent of the deep-image school of American poetry (which insisted that the image, or visual symbol, was the poet's most important tool), Robert Bly argues in "The Image as a Form of Intelligence" (in A Field Guide to Contemporary Poetry and Poetics) that there are "powers, elements, or energy-sources beyond the image that make a poem forceful" (italics mine). These are "the sense of a speaking voice;" "something like psychic weight" (which Bly says "is connected to grief, turning your face to your own life, absorbing the failures your parents and your country have suffered"); "resonating interior sounds;" "sound as related to the drum beat;" and "the power of story...

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