What are you thinking about? O, a tree....

Saturday, October 29, 2011

More important always that what you want to say...

Writing is the generosity of writing down whatever comes into your mind, in sequence, as true as you can, The diligence of working with that, in all the ways you can, to make it speak, to make it say more than you know. . . . The patience to know that what the writing is saying is more important, always, than what you want to say. . . . The moral discipline not to use the words to sell yourself or your ideas. The concentration to stay with the work under hand, stay inside it, thinking only with it and not beside it, letting all thinking and feeling come to focus in it, as it. The wisdom to know when you’re done. When it’s done. ~Robert Kelly

Monday, October 24, 2011

In defense of sadness

Without that depressive moment--without that sadness in the heart and weight that you feel--you can't be slow enough to hear and receive the beauty. ~James Hillman.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

And so it is...

I say I want to save the world but really
I want to write poems all day
I want to rise, write poems, go to sleep,
Write poems in my sleep
Make my dreams poems

Solace poetry is to serious poetry as pornography is to serious art. ~Daisy Fried

"I never turned anyone into a pig.
Some people are pigs; I make them
Look like pigs."
~Louise Gluck, Circe

Yes, absolutely