What is Poetry?

poetry is like a fish
trying to break the surface
of the conscious.

poetry is the language
of the primitive
speaking in tongues.

a poetic philosophy
is a belief in illusion
and the power of poems.

he had a history of poetry
like an affliction
or a virtue.

a society for the preservation
of poetry will show
how history was made.

engaged in poetics
the science of truth.

a poem is a puzzle
without pieces.

Mark Olynyk says, “Writing is the great escape.” His poems have appeared in anthologies and literary journals such as: Whetstone, The Prairie Journal of Canadian Literature, Canadian Writer’s Journal, The Penwood Review and Peace & Freedom. Two poetry chapbooks: The Interior Sea: A Book of Poetic Philosophy and Hearsay and Heresy: Poetry Vol. II, were published by The Plowman.

His latest book, Written in Stone, contains work spanning thirty-five years. A collection of poems about reality and the human condition. What is and what seems to be. Truth and the transience of life. The meaning of death. Myth as a state of mind. These are some of the themes.

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1 Response to What is Poetry?

  1. Reblogged this on The Dad Poet and commented:
    And here’s another juicy, chewy definition. “What Poetry Is,” by Mark Olynyk, published on today’s edition of Eunoia Review.

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