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How To Be a Poet, by Wendell Berry

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  • wdestiny44@aol.com
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    Message 1 of 1 , May 1 8:40 AM
       
      How To Be A Poet
      (to remind myself)
       
      Make a place to sit down.
      Sit down. Be quiet.
      You must depend upon
      affection, reading, knowledge,
      skill - more of each
      than you have - inspiration,
      work, growing older, patience,
      for patience joins time
      to eternity. Any readers
      who like your work,
      doubt their judgment.
       
      Breathe with unconditional breath
      the unconditioned air.
      Shun electric wire.
      Communicate slowly. Live
      a three-dimensional life;
      stay away from screens.
      Stay away from anything
      that obscures the place it is in.
      There are no unsacred places;
      there are only sacred places
      and desecrated places.
       
      Accept what comes from silence.
      Make the best you can of it.
      Of the little words that come
      out of the silence, like prayers
      prayed back to the one who prays,
      make a poem that does not disturb
      the silence from which it came.
       
      by Wendell Berry
      from the book "Given"
      pages 18/19
       
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