"I am not one who was born in the custody of wisdom. I am one who is fond of olden times and intense in quest of the sacred knowing of the ancients." Gustave Courbet

05 March 2015


[Poetry has] a social function to remind us of our deep self and a core of joy and grief; [it helps] us live in that place rather than in some other less deep place. I love the Cherokee greeting; in the morning, they greet each other and say, ‘How deep is your well?’ Sometimes their well’s not very deep, and sometimes it is, and poetry puts you in that place where it goes down to the water table.

Coleman Barks

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