Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Thought for the Day

Almost anything you do in the garden, for example weeding, is an effort to create some sort of order out of nature's tendency to run wild. There has to be a certain degree of domestication in a garden. The danger is that you can so tame your garden that it becomes a thing. It becomes landscaping.

In a poem, the danger is obvious; there is a natural idiom and then there is domesticated language. The difference is apparent immediately when you sense everything has been subjugated, that the poet has tamed the language and the thought process that flows into a poem until it maintains a principle of order but nothing remains to give the poem its tang, its liberty, its force. Once the poem starts flowing, the poet must not try to dictate every syllable.

-Stanley Kunitz, from The Wild Braid: A Poet Reflects on a Century in the Garden (W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2005).

Stanley Kunitz was born on July 29, 1905.

Happy Birthday, Stanley.


Blogger Tania Rochelle said...

I will have to get this book!

4:21 PM  
Blogger Keith said...

Me too. I had no idea it existed. Sounds like a great read.

4:29 PM  
Blogger Talia said...

I like that analogy. And some people like their lawns really well-manicured, perfectly shaped little bushes, etc. while other prefer the more "nautural" look of things...

9:30 PM  
Blogger greg rappleye said...

Mine has a more, uhm..."natural" look.

10:06 PM  
Blogger Talia said...

And there are those who never pull their weeds, mow their grass, pick their fruit...and their garden gets overrun with deer, mice, critters...

9:19 AM  
Blogger Psychoflowers said...

Well I wish my garden was a thing instead of a weed happy on drugs party. lol oh, yeah, natural look.

What is interesting is that when you take a walk in the woods, you don't see weeds, natural doesn't seem weedy. Seems like everything has it's place.
Who's idea was it to have grass lawns? Seems like dandelions would be better, they always stay green during a drought, very hardy, and needs no care.
Well this year I am not watering my lawn, only the flower beds. Yes, my lawn is dead or is hibernating.

2:29 PM  
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