Category Archives: Choosings & Leavings

On an “Original Relation to the Universe”

“Why should not we also enjoy an original relation to the universe?” –from Nature, Ralph Waldo Emerson On a short walk this morning†, I noticed that ghostly day-moon above me and began to think of those wonderful Stevens’ poems, where … Continue reading

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On “A Poet’s Confession”

The cause of his suffering is that he always wants to be religious and always goes the wrong way about it and remains a poet: consequently he is unhappily in love with God. –Kierkegaard What is the difference between a … Continue reading

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On Job 17:13-15

If I look for Sheol as my house, if I spread my couch in darkness, If I say to the Pit, “You are my father,” and to the worm, “My mother” or “my sister,” Where then is my hope? Job … Continue reading

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Where to Start: On Choosings & Leavings

I’ve been considering a new course.  I’d like to include on this blog the work I’m doing — not poetry, that is, poems, but the reading that goes into the writing of poems — and I’d like to assume a … Continue reading

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