Last Poem for April

April 29, 2012

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Moderation Is Not a Negation of Intensity, But Helps Avoid Monotony

John Tagliabue

Will you stop for a while, stop trying to pull yourself
for some clear “meaning”–some momentary summary?
no one
can have poetry or dances, prayers or climaxes all day,
the ordinary
blankness of little dramatic consciousness s good for the
health sometimes
only Dostoyevsky can be Dostoveskian at such
long tumultuous stretches,
look what intensity did to poor great Van Gogh!;
linger, lunge,
scrounge and be stupid, that doesn’t take much centering
of one’s forces,
as wise Whitman said “lounge and invite the soul.” Get
enough sleep,
and not only because (as Cocteau said) “poetry is the
literature of sleep”;
be a dumb bell for a few minutes at least; we don’t want
Sunday church bells
ringing constantly.

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