Most readers don’t like to read poetry because they prefer to read prose, or as you say, “an intermediary form of an intellectual argument,” because they feel like it doesn’t make sense. Not only is poetry the most participatory art form like other reading genres, but you have to be in it. It takes extra effort to understand what’s going on, thus feeling like a treasure map. Of course, it’s always going to be like that, and poetry is “primarily on the emotional spectrum of human experience.” Emotions within itself are incomprehensible, no matter how hard we try to decipher it! Like when you’re in a fantastic relationship with a great guy, but for some reason, you don’t feel satisfied. 99% of the time, we don’t understand why we feel, how we feel, so that’s why poetry is difficult for many to interpret. The most readable text is the cookbook — because it provides steps, and it’s straightforward, and then to legal notes — because of rules, and then if you go by the end of that spectrum, it’s poetry — which is the most indirect form.

Montenegrin American poet 🇲🇪🇺🇸

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