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By Sarah White
Why do we write poetry?
Many poets come to the podium accompanied
raisons d’être for particular poems.
Can we believe what they say, or
do they simply seek to enhance the poem by
preceding it with a piquant
In medieval troubadour literature such
“reasons,” often claimed that certain kinds of
poems could be explained
by certain kinds of love—especially a difficult
“far love,” amor de
Musing on her reasons for writing, White
elaborates the impact
of far love on her own vocation, life, and
Sarah White's poems are collected in
Cleopatra Haunts the Hudson
Duyvil, 2007) and
Bliss and the Paper Spouses (Pudding
She collaborated on an
edition/translation, Songs of the Women
Troubadours (Garland, 2000).
She lives in Manhattan.