Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Taking a poem

In "A Poem is a Walk," A.R. Ammons asserts that "every walk is unreproducible, as is every poem. Even if you walk exactly the same route each time--as with a sonnet--the events along the route cannot be imagined to be the same from day to day, as the poet's health, sight, his anticipations, moods, fears, thoughts cannot be the same....If a poem is each time new, then it is necessarily an act of discovery, a chance taken, a chance that may lead to fulfillment or disaster."

I'd like to take a chance on taking a walk today, provided that the weather cooperates and my 4:00 meeting doesn't run long, but just in case the sky falls or the meeting runs overtime, I think I'll take a poem instead.

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