Analysis Of The Book ' West 10th And Poetry '

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American Contemporary Poetry: Journal critique essay
West 10th and Poetry Magazines

The importance of poetry in a college student’s life cannot be overemphasized. From ensuring that one is conversant with contemporary social and economic issues as well as generally having a large knowledge base on different subject topics. Poetry is important for the enrichment of the soul and the nourishment of the mind. It also helps us step back and look at things from different perspectives. Like any other form of art, poetry is open to a plethora of interpretations and one can analyze it based on their past knowledge and experiences. American poetry, as it is being written now, is centered on a variety of themes ranging from freedom and love to
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West 10th, like many other student-run magazines strives to find a greater following both on the NYU campus and amongst the poetry world. A combination of witty, sharp and relatable poetry, art and prose is published. This magazine, published yearly has grown in quality and quantity over the years but has stuck to its general themes of rebirth, newness, love and acceptance. For instance in the 3rd issue (2009-2010) the poet Katie Blakely in her poem Dissection, depicts a love story in which the narrator is speaking to her lover and telling him what exactly she loves about him. She says “I really do love the little things in life, like your voice..” (West 10th, 3-57). Also in the most recent issue this theme of love is consistent. In the poem Avant le deluge by Shinji Moon, the narrator paints a picture of lovers experiencing a storm and states that “They kissed for the last time, grinning – when he opened his mouth to say ‘I love you’, he swallowed an entire sea” (West 10th, 6-52). Besides this in the poem Maritime by Amanda Birkner, a love experience is portrayed by narrating that “your mouth is ripe on mine.. your pioneer hands take the shape of my hips” (West 10th , 6-15). This poem, in itself is daring and the language used might be considered profane and indecent but I think
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