Wednesday, June 6, 2007

A Poem is a Walk

Second, I would suggest you teach that poetry leads us to the unstructured sources of our beings, to the unknown, and returns us to our rational, structured selves refreshed. Having once experienced the mystery, plenitude, contradiction, and composure of a work of art, we afterward have a built-in resistance to the slogans and propaganda of oversimplification that have often contributed to the destruction of human life. Poetry is a verbal means to a nonverbal source. It is a motion to no-motion, to the still point of contemplation and deep realization. Its knowledges are all negative, therefore, more positive than any knowledge. Nothing that can be said about it in words is worth saying.

"A Poem is a Walk," A.R. Ammons
April 1967

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