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Thursday, May 25, 2006
How to be a Poet
Make a place to sit down.
Sit down. Be quiet.
You must depend upon
affection, reading, knowledge,
skill--more of each
than you have--inspiration
work, growing older, patience,
for patience joins time
to eternity. Any readers
who like your work,
doubt their judgement.

Breathe with unconditional breath
the unconditioned air.
Shun electric wire.
Communicate slowly. Live
a three-dimensioned life;
stay away from screens.
Stay away from anything
that obscures the place it is in.
There are no unsacred places;
there are only sacred places
and desecrated places.

Wendell Berry . . . . . . . from his latest collection of poetry. You can find it here.
posted by John David Walt | at 5/25/2006 05:09:00 PM



Anonymous JP said...

Pardon my poetry ignorance, but who is wendell berry....great stuff...not as reflective as yours mind you, but good.
Keep posting poetry...it refreshes my soul....even if I don't comment on it every time....
You have a treasure in your ability to put into words deep thoughts....don't hide it....

8:04 AM EDT  
Blogger JohnDeere said...

wendell berry is a poet who lives in kentucky. he is a farmer who has made quite an impact through his diverse writings. he has really influenced and given me freedom in composition-- reading his stuff. i am working to get him into our chapel. he is a very theological poet. i got started through reading the collection called-- A Timbered Choir-- The Sabbath Poems. These poems he wrote while on Sunday morning walks in the woods.

thanks jp for the affirmation. jd

5:23 PM EDT  
Anonymous JP said...

You are welcome...

12:30 PM EDT  

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