Quote: Vahni Capildeo for Lighthouse Literary Journal

“The stanza is like an object to the eye that must enjoy running up and down and around it, getting and doubting meaning… The ear would have to work with memory, also running up and down and around. Reading becomes a form of handling.

“Leafing or clicking back and forth in ‘the same’ book or moving the attention up and down the page to apprehend ‘the one’ thing or refusing to do so while being aware of, as it were, sliding on a gappy cloth of language…”

— Vahni Capildeo for Lighthouse Literary Journal, issue 12, spring 2016

It is interesting to consider poetry in ways that are not an immediate grasping of logical meaning but an interactive process. Too often, we reject writing if it does not ‘grab’ us or if its purpose is not revealed in a single pass.