John Lambert and I continue to have conversations based around the suspended in a leap of creative faith concept and were discussing, recently, why structure in poetry, why form is important to learn.
His response email is lesson worthy of exposure. —
J, we had discussed the question of
‘why create in villanelle?’
and answered that with ‘because employing forms
teaches you to be more creative within a structure’.
i wished to add this found thought:
…structure exists because
we expect cohesion from thoughts,
and structure is the framework for reason to exist
functioning as unseen as bones and beams
but necessary, unless you want to live in mud huts
as floopy things.
any sort of structure will do, from the pre-packaged
to the found art creation. invent, restore, whatever.
but if, as a creator, you ignore the need for structure
good luck to you keeping a roof on the shape of your art.