Thursday, July 19, 2012

Recurrent Revelation

I'm reading Robert Bly's Leaping Poetry and becoming more excited about poetry than I have been in a long time. Excellent book. On top of that, I had a revelation that I'm embarrassed to keep forgetting: complex and heavy ideas can and sometimes should be delivered in wild ecstatic language. Bly doesn't say this, but the poems he's chosen and translated do this.

Lorca and Dostoevsky are some of my favorites who do this well. Bellow is great, too. Rilke does it in Sonnets to Orpheus.

About "the writer", Gertrude Stein said, "He must be sensitive and serious. But he must not grow solemn." Yep.

Morpheus and Orpheus by Colleen Doran