Margin: Exploring Modern Magical Realism

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Poems of Magical Realism
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WE'LL ADMIT, the poetic form has not been part of the focus

of many broad discussions centered on magical realism, which

is normally acknowledged as being exclusive to prose forms

and the fine arts. However, the poetic form often and easily slides

into the realm of magical realism, intentionally or not. When poet

Walt Whitman said, "Who speaks of miracles? I know of nothing

but miracles . . . ," he might have been referring to this propensity

of poets to engage the ordinary with the magical.

                                                   

We offer this survey of largely uncharted territory, where the words

and visions of poets and poetry have been welcomed into a larger

dialog which seeks to answer the question, "What is magical realism?"

Tell us what you think. Start a dialog, if you like, about the fine lines

that separate fantasy and surrealism from magical realism. We're here

to explore, after all.

Tamara Kaye Sellman, Editor

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