What If The Poet Never Spoke? – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

“A poet’s work …. to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it from going to sleep.” Salman Rushdie

What If The Poet Never Spoke?

What if the poet never spoke,
never sought to shape language, 
or take time to peel the sun-dried
paint of culture from the boards of 
malignancy awaiting demolition, or to 
discover points of discrete difference 
and interventions of joy in this 
otherwise mundane carnevale 
replete with weeping clowns.
What of the need of a poet to
raid the sky so full of signs that
need an interpreter who speaks 
in tongues of hope, 
though never of glory.
What if the poet never spoke,
even in their dreams?

Copyright 2023 ©️Paul Vincent Cannon
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Filed under Free Verse, life, poem, quote, writing

29 responses to “What If The Poet Never Spoke? – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. What if a poet’s hopes exceed his/her grasp?

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  2. Too sad to think of 

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  3. VJ

    That would be a sad day

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  4. Your poem brings to mind Shelley’s essay “A Defense of Poetry.”

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  5. lync56

    Yes keep speaking up through your poetry – great poem


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  6. I shudder to think what would happen then!


  7. Beautiful.. though maybe poets were poets even before language..feeling everything no one else did. Maybe…. 🙂

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  8. We’d have even less hope of redemption than we do now.

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  9. If the poet didn’t speak, I fear the world would sleep too much. Keep on keeping me awake, Paul. 🙂

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