The numinous, the transcendent, the cosmic—these are like trauma, in that they occur in a constant state of immediacy. Even to say “constant” is to introduce, then capsize, an image of time as a steady line, which, let’s face it, was a leaky vessel from the start. The numinous, the transcendent, the cosmic—they are everywhere. Now. They transcend daily understandings of space and time: They are spacetime. This is going to make choice of verb tense real tricky. So just give up on making sense in any practical terms right now, or just give up on getting any sleep. Once you start placing words in sequence to be read over linear time about mysteries that swamp the idea of time, you are already sunk. In the best possible way.
Poet James Wright, in a letter to poet James Dickey, discussing and quoting poet Stanley Kunitz on August 12, 1958:
“Do you happen to know Stanley Kunitz’s poems? He hasn’t had a wide reputation, but I like him tremendously. I’m going to review his newly published Selected Poems for Sewanee. I really think you would like his poems, and I think I’ll type a couple of them for you on a separate sheet of paper, so that you can see what he’s like. For a long time, virtually unnoticed and yet enduring, he’s been writing poems of real agony and love in a kind of lost and transient underground of the American jungle of academies and businesses. I think that the appearance of his Selected Poems is inspiring. It shows that defeat, though imminent for all of us, is not inevitable. He wrote to me recently, since I know him slightly–and you might like his concluding words: “it would be sweet, I’ll grant, after all these years to pop up from underground. America, it’s true, either spoils you with success of withers you with neglect. What other morality has the artist but to endure? The only ones who survive, I think, beyond the equally destructive temptations of self-praise and self-pity, are those whose ultimate discontent is with themselves. The fiercest hearts are in love with a wild perfection.” Those words mean much to me. Please write. –Yours, Jim
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While many students are still waiting to hear where they will be accepted, some students I have worked with on college applications do have their good news in hand already. Good news has come from Point Loma Nazarene University, the University of Pittsburgh, and McMaster University, among others. Fingers crossed as more acceptances roll in!
On February 16, I had the honor to give a poetry reading as part of the Poetry in Davis series, held at the lovely Natsoulas Gallery in downtown Davis. While there, I read a new piece containing the lines, ” . . . who gladly / roast dessert upon an oleander spear”–and people laughed. Not just one person: plural people. Because more than one person in the room knew that oleander is so poisonous that it’s dangerous just to roast your marshmallows on it. Maybe you, reader, also know this? But it was a delightful surprise to get a laugh in response to a joke I thought I was only amusing myself with. Further proof that a town with this many master gardeners in it is the town for me. I love it here.
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On May 31, I will give a talk called “The Size of Our Strangeness: The Power Dynamic of the Poet in the Landscape” at the Annual Conference on Creative Writing at Pacific, hosted by the University of the Pacific.
Here’s the blurb:
The Size of Our Strangeness: The Power Dynamics of the Poet in the Landscape
Proposition: the idea of “nature” as a “muse” just has to go. We will dismiss the image of “nature” as a buxom young woman lolling in the grass while feeding the poet fruit. Together, through a combination of lecture, poem examples (from Dickinson, Plath, Stevens, and more), and writing exercises, we will explore how else we might construct the relationship between the poet and the natural world. We will try using Eliot’s “objective correlative,” then learn about writing as what Dorothy M. Nielson calls an “ecological subject,” which “defines itself as biologically interdependent.” From here, we will discover that writing as an ecological subject is impossible. Still, we will try it. Our goal will be to manipulate images of the natural world without manipulating the denizens of the natural world themselves, without falsely shrinking them to fit the page, but instead respecting the size of their strangeness, and the size of the distance between us.