Mythology: A Response to Ralph Angel's "The Exile and Return of Poetry" --- D. M. Spitzer | Numéro Cinq
Where is poetry? the poet asks at the beginning of this poem/essay --- call it an epode, call it an extended epigram, a form that somehow contains balanced contraries in dynamic tension, the heart of metaphor, of art. Written in response to an essay by Ralph Angel that we published in January last year, D. M. Spitzer's "Mythology" oscillates between monster and marvel, labyrinth and sanctuary, fragment and whole, tapping ahead with his words for solid ground and offering, yes, a mythology of the poem, of the imagination (dangerous, contained within a force field --- form).