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  • Ian Dudley

The Writers' Cafe

I had in mind the Zen dictum:

Words do not make man understand;

you must make man understand them.

That's why the poem doesn't contain any grand or liberal sentiments: it's trying to be a poetic Koan, a meaningless, paradoxical formula, which teases and perplexes the reader in the hope of triggering an instant of enlightenment.

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