What is a poem? Two short answers

As Nebraska State Poet, William Kloefkorn (1932-2011) gave a lot of talks to students, and he could hold a room spellbound with his deep voice. Warm, funny, and profound without being pretentious, he used to give two definitions of a poem:

“A poem is a string of words that nibbles on the edge of something vast.”

“A poem is an attitude looking for something solid to sit on.”

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