Q. How important is theory in this poem? It seems as though
it just starts, goes nowhere, tells us nothing we need to know.
A. The concern here is with necessity, not fact. The poem could tell
you everything you wanted to know, but doesn't.
Some poems begin in the rinse cycle
Terence Winch has published seven books of poems, most recentlyThis Way Out (Hanging Loose Press, 2014) and Lit from Below (Salmon Poetry [Ireland], 2013). His honors include an American Book Award, the Gertrude Stein Award for Innovative Writing, and a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. Also a musician and songwriter, Winch has played traditional Irish music all his life.