Compression: Mary O’Malley

“As a child I fell in love with poets who used compression; Dickinson, Cummings, Pound, and Amy Lowell—all their lexicon exploded with streams of thought flowing from one word or short phrase. For me one of the joys of writing poetry is compression. My question is: How can I find the essence of a perfume from an Opera like narrative in several short lines or stanzas. I want my readers to carry the whiff of story in their minds and walk away with it forever. I also want to create an image or several quicksilver images readers may hold on to from the poem—a spark or ember which can either exist without the scent or linger together as a vivid dream lingers in the morning.” — Mary O’Malley

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