Member Rara Avis
Thanks, Wind. You captured me in a talkative mood, so I'll lay my case out here.
I prefer poems that resist simple platitudes or meaning. I love layer, depth and resonance in poetry -- poems that have a unique character and whittle out little-known places in the subconscious. So then they go from being poems ABOUT something to poems that make you recollect a feeling or impression that you couldn't otherwise feel.
Read Wallace Stevens ("Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird," or "The Planet on the Table," or "Bantam in Pine Woods," or "Anecdote of the Jar" for example). He's a poet I go back to again and again when I want to be reminded what poetry can do. To some he's obscure and ponderous. To others, he sings a song and flits images across the screen like no other.
So I guess it all comes down to a matter of preference. I've been writing poetry for 13 years now, and have been reading and writing and meeting people and taking up causes and dropping others during that time. If I read this 13 years ago, I probably would have hated it, and that, alone, tells me I've come a-ways from where I was.
It's a poem that sort of resists an easy explanation. I could say "This poem talks about cinematic imagery, the strata of dreams and the slow evolution and failing of personal relationships," but even that needs more explanation.
In other words, I've done my job.