Getting Things Right

In Zen, the fervent desire
and the stone footbridge are interchangeable.

In poetry, the sound
finds the echo canyon before you do.

In navigating the old way,
the shape of surface waves is everything.

5 responses to “Getting Things Right

  1. That’s an intriguing list of observations Burl, and a sobering one, until the sudden turning point. I especially like ‘In poetry, the sound finds the echo canyon before you do.’!

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    • Thanks John! Your comments are very welcome and much appreciated. I’m curious what poets you are reading g these days. Me? Jane Hirshfield, Jack Gilbert, Anna Akhmatova among others.

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      • Well, I’ve just come to the end of a week-long rereading of the complete works of Elizabeth Bishop which I love. Philip Larkin I’ve also reread recently. I admire the precision of the writing in both cases. I have more empathy with Bishop than Larkin, and yet I am drawn to the greater economy in his writing. I was wondering who to turn to next. I think I’ll try to get hold of one of the three you’ve mentioned – it’s only Anna Akhmatova that I’ve read before.

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  2. I, too, especially like, “In poetry, the sound/ finds the echo canyon before you do.” I’d love to hear the long version sometime of “In navigating the old way,/ the shape of surface waves is everything.” That intrigues me. Compelling poem, Craig.
    Apologies for the long gap in responding. I’ve read, but I couldn’t find my Word Press password to log on, and I’ve only just now managed to get in and reset it. ~Lorna

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