JD McClatchy On Poetry

J. D. “Sandy” McClatchy  (August 12, 1945 – April 10, 2018)

To hide something is to conceal it; to disguise something is to reveal it but only to those who know how and where to look. The very conventions of poetry were devised to encode experience, to make it less obvious and thereby more true. To make a metaphor, after all, is to describe something in terms of what it is not, the better to apprehend what it is.