The seat of the soul is where the inner world and the outer world meet. Where they overlap, it is in every point of the overlap. - Novalis

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

What You Should Know to be a Poet

all you can about animals as persons.
the names of trees and flowers and weeds.
the names of stars and the movements of planets
                              and the moon.
your own six senses, with a watchful elegant mind.
at least one kind of traditional magic:
divination, astrology, the book of changes, the tarot;

dreams.
the illusory demons and the illusory shining gods.
kiss the ass of the devil and eat shit;
fuck his horny barbed cock,
fuck the hag,
and all the celestial angels
                               and maidens perfum’d and golden-

& then love the human: wives     husbands    and friends
children’s games, comic books, bubble-gum,
the weirdness of television and advertising.

work long, dry hours of dull work swallowed and accepted
and lived with and finally lovd.        exhaustion,
                           hunger, rest.

the wild freedom of the dance, extasy
silent solitary illumination, entasy

real danger. gambles and the edge of death.

- Gary Snyder
from Regarding Wave, collected in
No Nature: New & Selected Poems, Pantheon, 1991, 184.

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