Poet’s Work

by Lorine Niedecker


advised me:

Learn a trade

I learned

to sit at desk

and condense

No layoff

from this


From Collected Works, Berkeley, California: University of California Press, 2002, page 194. For me, together with juxtaposition, the art of haiku is the art of condensery, yet my sense is that poets should not make the poem as short as possible but as short as necessary. There's a crucial difference.