Saturday, November 2, 2013

Wilderness Tips

“Once in a while, though, he went on binges. He would sneak into bookstores or libraries, lurk around the racks where the little magazines were kept; sometimes he'd buy one. Dead poets were his business, living ones his vice. Much of the stuff he read was crap and he knew it; still, it gave him an odd lift.
"Then there would be the occasional real poem, and he would catch his breath. Nothing else could drop him through space like that, then catch him; nothing else could peel him open.”

―Margaret Atwood, Wilderness Tips


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The poet doesn't invent. He listens. ~Jean Cocteau