News of the Universe: Poems of Twofold Consciousness
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them on earth: How do you know but ev’ry Bird that cuts the airy way, Is an immense world of delight, clos’d by your senses five? WILLIAM BLAKE / 1793 from The Marriage of Heaven and Hell “WHEN GEOMETRIC DIAGRAMS . . .” When geometric diagrams and digits Are no longer the keys to living things, When people who go about singing or kissing Know deeper things than the great scholars, When society is returned once more To unimprisoned life, and to the universe, And when light and darkness
manages to be beautifully transparent using English meter and rhyme. I’m talking only of degrees, and the possibility of developing a new form based on sound and pitch. We can sense a new concept of form floating delicately under John Logan’s long-time study of sound. Well, what then? The one old and the two young men. Two fresh stones, or wells— and the powerful, untried pen. A third advance I see is the massive movement of poetry toward recitation, toward words that float in the air.
sense of joy, as if some happy news had been transmitted to me directly, bypassing the brain. 2 P.M. From the top of Gauldy I looked back into Hebo valley. Castle Rock sticks into a cloud. A cool breeze comes up from the valley, it is a fresh, earthly wind and tastes of snow and trees. It is not like those transcendental breezes that make the heart ache. It brings happiness. 2:30 P.M. Lost the trail. A woodpecker watches me wade through the snow trying to locate it. The sun has gone back of the
summer. Something too dark was held in that strong bone. Better to end with a lucky saying: Sled runners cannot decide to join or to part. When they decide, it is a bad day. WILLIAM STAFFORD ULTIMATE PROBLEMS In the Aztec design God crowds into the little pea that is rolling out of the picture. All the rest extends bleaker because God has gone away. In the White Man design, though, no pea is there. God is everywhere, but hard to see. The Aztecs frown at this. How do you know he
Wild Things,” copyright �1968 by Wendell Berry. Reprinted from his volume Openings by permission of Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc. “Beasts” from Things of this World, copyright �1956 by Richard Wilbur. Reprinted by permission of Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc. Harper & Row, Publishers, Inc.: “Sayings from the Northern Ice,” from Stories That Could Be True, copyright �1960 by William Stafford. “The Dead Seal Near McClure’s Beach” and “November Day at McClure’s,” from The Morning Glory, copyright