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When you’re a writer, being an introvert is a natural, accepted quality. Actually, it’s encouraged, even celebrated.
I am not a scientist, and I am not going to go on a tangent in which I cite studies, but I can safely say that to the creative brain, the act of chiseling mental chaos into a well-crafted image releases the pressure valve like nothing else. Go too long without that release, and your head is at risk of exploding.
Chiasson takes a persona poem and takes personification to a new level. He makes the character fully formed, with qualities with which the reader relates. Instead of a poem that stretches the imagination to see the world from an elephant’s point of view, this poem goes a step further. He makes the elephant a participant in the world. His ability for expression is not limited to the poet’s imagination, he in fact has a poetic imagination of his own.