Title

The Mundane, the Existential, and the Poetic

Publication Date

9-1-2007

Document Type

Article

Abstract

The author explores and advocates for a poetry of the mundane. This article includes an analysis of the developmental process by which a writer of “extraordinary” poetry becomes a poet concerned with enlivening the ordinary. Existential notions of nothingness, authenticity, and the “I-thou” relationship are explored as they pertain to a poetics of the mundane. Poetry is presented relating to mundane objects, mundane events, and mundane relationships. The author explores how paying attention to what is mundane can help lead the poet towards confronting existential truths.

Publication Title

Journal of Poetry Therapy

Volume

20

Issue

3

First Page

163

Last Page

180

DOI

10.1080/08893670701394416

Version

pre-print, post-print

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