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Question of the Day – Can There Be Poetry Without Words?

I’ve been on quite the Jazz kick lately; there’s something about the tonal quality, and emotion of a Wes Montgomery guitar riff, or the way Miles Davis could make his trumpet sound like the greatest conversation ever had. But is it poetry? It feels like it to me.

This leads to today’s QOTD:

Can there be poetry without words?

About Christopher Margolin

Chris Margolin spent more than a decade in Education as a high school English teacher, and is now an Instructional Coach for the Longview School District. He is also the founder of The Poetry Question, an online journal which focuses on reviews of small press poetry publications, and runs a regular series called "The Power of Poetry," where notable poets share their personal stories of how poetry has affected their lives. Margolin resides in Vancouver, Washington with his wife, and daughter.

5 comments on “Question of the Day – Can There Be Poetry Without Words?

  1. johncoyote
    November 18, 2013

    I believe there is a affinity between music, painting and words. If we are lucky. Can combine the three to create a masterpiece.

  2. kiwiskan
    November 18, 2013

    I think there can be…

  3. The Running Son
    November 18, 2013

    I second what John said. The compelling question for me at the moment is, how can the musical quality of words, and their tonal values, be harnessed and used? Spoken tonal scales are much more illusive than music, obviously… but poets with a handle on them can draw reactions, and build tension in me with sound alone, subject and actual content of the words aside. Very cool stuff.

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