The Prompter Room

For Tuesday, January 3, 2017:

 

… [F]irst and foremost, I learned from [Walt] Whitman that the poem is a temple – or a green field- a place to enter, and in which to feel.  Only in a secondary way is it an intellectual thing – an artifact, a moment of seemly and robust wordiness – wonderful as that part of it is.  I learned that the poem was made not just to exist, to speak – to be company.  It was everything that was needed, when everything was needed …

Mary Oliver, UPSTREAM: Selected Essays

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