Friday, December 2, 2011

Poetry, A Natural Thing by Robert Duncan,Inspiring quotes about Poetry

Jean-Honoré Fragonard painting

Poetry I read to lighten my mind and enlighten my heart.
Poetry I read to sweeten my bitter mind.
Poetry I read to replace my heart’s sorrows with my soul’s ecstasy.
Poetry I read to transform my human mind-jungle into my divine heart-garden.”
Sri Chinmoy

Out of the quarrel with others we make rhetoric;
out of the quarrel with ourselves we make poetry.
W.B. Yeats

He who draws noble delights from sentiments of poetry
is a true poet, though he has never written a line
in all his life.
George Sand

Poetry, A Natural Thing
by Robert Duncan

>Neither our vices nor our virtues
further the poem. "They came up
and died
just like they do every year
on the rocks."

The poem
feeds upon thought, feeling, impulse,
to breed itself,
a spiritual urgency at the dark ladders leaping.

This beauty is an inner persistence
toward the source
striving against (within) down-rushet of the river,
a call we heard and answer
in the lateness of the world
primordial bellowings
from which the youngest world might spring,
salmon not in the well where the
hazelnut falls
but at the falls battling, inarticulate,
blindly making it.
This is one picture apt for the mind.

A second: a moose painted by Stubbs,
where last year's extravagant antlers
lie on the ground.
The forlorn moosey-faced poem wears
new antler-buds,
the same,
"a little heavy, a little contrived",

his only beauty, to be
all moose.

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