Thursday, September 8, 2011

Something Peculiar, Little Understood

"The greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world is to see something and tell what he saw in a plain way.  To see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion all in one."  ~ John Ruskin

I've just begun reading Mark Doty's book, The Art of Description.  Looking forward to spending more time with it, but already it's one of those books where you crack it open and something immediately catches your eye.

"If I were asked to say what distinguishes an artistic temperament from any other, I'd say that it's a fundamental sense that the project of being alive is something peculiar, little understood."  
~ Mark Doty

A little Joni for your Thursday:

1 comment:

  1. *Had to say: Mark Doty is lovely (heard him read "Pipistrelle" at the L.A. Central Library)

    *Had ANOTHER HD pear poem, "Heat" in my indispensable--NOW LOST--(yes, I've been lost, because it was indispensable) commonplace book

    *Having been fascinated w J.Cornell from adolescence, just recently made several glass fish bowls & jars of objects--rather than shadow-boxes--All a sort of three-dimensional form of still-life, don't you think?

    *And found "Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonder"
    for myself on, after finding "Everything That Rises: A Book of Convergences" in a second-hand bookstore & giving it to my brother, master of miraculous convergence.

    hmm ... convergence


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