Tenderness toward Existence

the dream / of all poems and the text / of all loves --

Monday, November 14, 2005

Getting the news from poetry ...



This is a picture of asphodel, that greeny flower about which William Carlos Williams writes. It's from that poem -- "Asphodel, that Greeny Flower" -- that we get the oft-quoted lines about the urgency of poetry: "It is difficult / to get the news from poems / yet men die miserably every day / for lack / of what is found there."

These lines might be an appropriate epigraph for this blog, since I can see that two of my obsessions -- poetry and politics -- are already emerging as its dominant themes.

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