Poetic talent doesn’t operate in a vacuum. There is a spirit of Polish poetry.
There is something about poetry beyond prose logic, there is mystery in it, not to be explained but admired.
When I was a teenager, just about the only thing I could do right was play music. In my graduating class, I was certainly not voted ‘Most Literary Boy.’ I can assure you I was not voted ‘Mostly Likely to Succeed.’ I was voted ‘Most Musical Boy.’ And the music led to the poetry.
Breathe-in experience, breathe-out poetry.
The creative act amazes me. Whether it’s poetry, whether it’s music, it’s an amazing process, and it has something to do with bringing forth the old out into the world to create and to bring forth that which will rejuvenate.
Alchemy is the art of far and near, and I think poetry is alchemy in that way. It’s delightful to distort size, to see something that’s tiny as though it were vast.
Poetry should be great and unobtrusive, a thing which enters into one’s soul, and does not startle it or amaze it with itself, but with its subject.
Poetry is a sword of lightning, ever unsheathed, which consumes the scabbard that would contain it.
My father read poetry to me, encouraged me to memorize poems. But the writing of it was quite a different thing.
Probably all the attention to poetry results in some value, though the attention is more often directed to lesser than to greater values.