THIS MAY BE EXPANDED
Are poems, taken as wholes, references to inner states of the poet, or something else? References ‘to’ something else, or just something else?
Maybe all three at different times? My own poems move between these positions. That’s why I find Wittgenstein’s remarks so bracing. In the end, for him it’s all a conversation. The human being is the best model of the mind (see Kerr, 140).