Friday, March 20, 2009

A Moment with Jim Harrison


What if it were our privilege
to sculpt our dreams of animals?
But those shapes in the night
come and go too quickly to be held
in stone: but not to avoid these shapes
as if dreams were only a nighttime
pocket to be remembered and avoided.
Who can say in the depths of
his life and heart what beast
most stopped life, the animals
he watched, the animals he only touched
in dreams? Even our hearts don't beat
the way we want them to. What
can we know in that waking,
sleeping edge? We put down
my daughter's old horse, old and
arthritic, a home burial. By dawn with eye
half-open, I said to myself, is
he still running, is he still running
around, under the ground?

-Jim Harrison

-Jim Harrison, circa 1969, Leelanau County, Michigan


The painting at top is Cabin Fever (1976) by Susan Rothenberg


Blogger The Weaver of Grass said...

I love the idea of the horse still running around under the ground. I am also very keen on the picture at the start of your blog, Greg - it has something of the Lascaux cave painting about it - and yet it also has something of the painter's sketch book too. It is the kind of painting I would certainly like to own.

2:47 PM  
Blogger friberg said...

It's the sort of painting I would like to have painted, and poem I would llike to to have written. I love Jim Harrison's work so thanks very much for this moment with him.
I found your blog and thank you for it too.

12:06 AM  
Blogger greg rappleye said...

Weaver: Thank you for your comment. Rothenberg is great. I am not sure whether Jim Harrison has much of a following in England. I know he is big in France.


Thanks for stopping by.

8:43 PM  

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