12th Night by Makoto Fujimura
( painted the day after 9/11)
Emma and I are getting ready to drive 3 hours north of here into Virginia for
the Charlotte Mason Institute Conference. It has a new name and a new location.
I 've been working on one workshop in particular: Culture Care, featuring the ideas
and voices of Makoto Fujimura and Wendell Berry. It has been rich and nourishing
to work on my own worldview of the subject. Be Generative. These are two words
Mako uses to explain the need for a transformation of culture. Not a war.
A care and stewardship so desperately needed especially for the generations to come.
Poetry Workshop too. Hope those who never have loved poetry will begin to
rest inside some poems and find poets to listen to.
Listen to Wendell Berry read his poem: HOW TO BE A POET.
How To Be a Poet
(to remind myself)
Make a place to sit down.
Sit down. Be quiet.
You must depend upon
affection, reading, knowledge,
skill—more of each
than you have—inspiration,
work, growing older, patience,
for patience joins time
to eternity. Any readers
who like your poems,
doubt their judgment.
Breathe with unconditional breath
the unconditioned air.
Shun electric wire.
Communicate slowly. Live
a three-dimensioned life;
stay away from screens.
Stay away from anything
that obscures the place it is in.
There are no unsacred places;
there are only sacred places
and desecrated places.
Accept what comes from silence.
Make the best you can of it.
Of the little words that come
out of the silence, like prayers
prayed back to the one who prays,
make a poem that does not disturb
the silence from which it came.