Sunday, September 09, 2007
What is a prairie poet
...asks Tracy Hamon in her latest post. Good question. For a while after I read "Post-Prairie Poetics: A Dialogue," Jon Paul Fiorentino and Robert Kroetsch's introduction to Post-Prairie in which they refer to Cooley's essay "The Vernacular Muse in Prairie Poetry," I felt like the leftover shepherd's pie of prairie poetry. I haven't read Cooley's “Placing the Vernacular: The Eye and the Ear in Saskatchewan Poetry” to which Tracy refers in her post, but it sounds like I write "eye" poems. Ah, me and my rural eye. Whatever. Call me a prairie poet. Call me whatever you like. I'm just happy I'm past the shepherd's pie feeling.