There are many ways to evaluate and measure the strength of a turn so, I would like to reflect here on how turns successfully build the energy of a poem and effectively direct that energy towards the pith.  Poetry intends to exact the Truth from one’s experiences and imagination.  These experiences must be shaped, defined, and polished as if by a lapidary before they are given over to the world; and so, the turn or turns in a poem might well be the moments in which the poem begins to reveal its humanity.  Just as Michelangelo’s unfinished group of statues The Slaves emerging from the marmoreal are the synecdoche of his David, so are the turns to a poem, which build toward the greater…