The Potential Of Poetry collects seven recent essays by critically-acclaimed poet Eric Greinke that assert the value of poetry in human progress. These essays have been selected and reprinted from pieces that were originally published by a variety of literary magazines such as The Home Planet News, The Small Press Review and The Grand Valley Review. Greinke examines our basic assumptions about poetics, social stratification in the literary world, accessibility and related issues with unique insight and humor. Greinke’s prose, like his poetry, ranges from the philosophical to the satiric. (i.e. In Toward A New Eclecticism, he makes an impassioned case for tolerance, diversity and self criticism. In Explication of Life, he gives us a four page tongue-in-cheek explication of a five-word poem entitled Life.) Thought-provoking yet entertaining, this book is a small package that contains numerous big ideas. Taken together, these essays build a strong case for poetic freedom and eclecticism.
“For Greinke, everything comes from the inner mind. He affirms that poetry can reach its true glory/purpose if it reconciles the inner-mind, dreams, symbols... Keep an eye on him. ” -Hugh Fox, Iconoclast “Indie Groundbreaking Book...The Potential Of Poetry is one of those books that you know is important, even if you’re not sure why. Together, these essays build a strong case for poetic freedom and eclecticism.” -Jim Barnes, Independent Publisher “Readers often mistakenly believe that to be “good,” poetry must be written with exquisite, complex language, almost like the trills and other flourishes decorating Baroque music. However, as prize-winning poet, publisher, essayist, social worker and philosopher Eric Greinke explains in “The Potential Of Poetry”....in poetry, the enchanting, decorative quality of language represents ideas. This is Greinke at his best, advocating at the cutting edge of human growth in consciousness and love, -Ann Wehrman, Poetry Now “Poetry’s presence in the mainstream has been waning in recent years, but there is still much in its purpose. Simple and profound work with plenty to muse on literature and art in general, The Potential Of Poetry is a choice addition to literary studies collections.” -James A. Cox, The Midwest Book Review “The Potential Of Poetry is a short book of seven essays about poetic practice that vary from an examination of what constitutes the core center of what poetry is, like verbal searchlights into the inner depths of the human psyche, to nostalgic reminiscence into the Michigan poetry scene in the early 70s. This is an enjoyable and insightful overview of the poetry scene that is well worth reading.” -Arnold Skemer, Small Press Review