To punctuate or not to punctuate? That is the question …

Have been reading Grace Nichols’ The Fat Black Woman’s Poems for my MA class this week. The poems are obviously vibrant, challenging, honest, jaunty, etc., etc. In fact they are all the things poems should be. BUT, after years worrying about the use of punctuation in my poems so that a) the punctuation is invisible, b) it helps the sense, pace and flow of the poem and c) it obeys or flouts rules as the poem demands, I would question the paucity of punctuation in this collection. What does having no (or minimal) puncutation add to a poem? How does it enhance meaning? Does it make the poems effervesce or dilute them? I’d be interested in your thoughts … In the meantime, here’s a picture of a road because this week I am thinking of roads …road

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