Friday, June 3, 2011

... embrace a poem this weekend ...

In poetry is a solution to everything.

~Pier Paolo Pasolini

How does the ordinary person come to the transcendent?
Study poetry.

~Joseph Campbell

No place, not even a wild place, is a place until
it has had that human attention
that at its highest reach
we call poetry.

~Wallace Stegner

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  1. poetry sucks...


    ok, i have grown fond of it the last 2 years...smiles.

  2. Brian: I can always count on you to bring a smile to my face!

    I wonder if any readers will recommend a poem to acquaint or reacquaint ourselves with. I recommend anything by Mary Oliver.

  3. I am partial to Shakespeare's sonnets XVIII "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day.." and XXIX "When in disgrace in fortune and men's eyes.."

    Kipling's "If": "If you can dream and not make dreams your master; if you can think and not make thoughts your your aim."

    ...and Yeats's "The Lake of Innisfree" conveys such heartfelt longing for home, a place to belong.

    Have a great weekend Bonnie.

  4. Lovely hydrangea! Ours isn't blooming yet. It's been a cold spring. Poetry is a relaxing way to end a stressful week. Thank you.

  5. I couldn't argue against Mary Oliver, Shakespeare and Yeats. All essential, and all absolute favourites of mine.

    Also I always have to hand: Levertov for the spiritual, Neruda for the sensual, Rumi for the mystical and Wordsworth for the nature-philosophical.

  6. I don't own any poetry books so I am grateful for my blogger friends who share poetry. That is a beautiful photo.


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