The Critics’ Corner
Poems are not words alone; the visual presentation affects the experience of a poem. And we like to say, “Line breaks — especially arbitrary ones — do not a poem make,” and some poems are best presented as prose. In other cases, different line lengths or even a different disposition on the page can enhance a poem.
One of the Review Editors proposes this version of Anna Ruiz’ “Glass Heart.” In your estimation as a reader, do you think it’s an improvement?
by Anna Ruiz
I live in a glass-bottom boat in the
starfish ride sleek bareback on dolphins
I live in a glass-topped spaceship,
in the colour of daylight,
I am rich with the promise of a middle earth, I am blind to myself.
I live in a glass house, there are no walls here,