Poetry Wednesday, Vol. 29

Moderation is Not a Negation of
Intensity, But Helps Avoid Monotony

John Tagliabue

Will you stop for a while, stop trying to pull yourself
together
for some clear “meaning” – some momentary summary?
no one
can have poetry or dances, prayers or climaxes all day,
the ordinary
blankness of little dramatic consciousness is good for the
health sometimes,
only Dostoevsky can be Dostoevskian at such long
long tumultuous stretches,
look what that intensity did to poor great Van Gogh!;
linger, lunge,
scrounge and be stupid, that doesn’t take much centering
of one’s forces,
as wise Whitman said “lounge and invite the soul.” Get
enough sleep
and not only because (as Cocteau said) “poetry is the
literature of sleep”;
be a dumb bell for a few minutes at least, we don’t want
Sunday church bells
ringing constantly.

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