Saturday, July 1, 2023

 Thoreau on being a poet

July 1, 1840 in Thoreau’s Journal:

The true poem is not that which the public read. There is always a poem not printed on paper, coincident with the production of this which is stereotyped in the poet’s life —is what he has become through his work…Let not the artist expect that his true work will stand in any prince’s gallery.

[How the poem transforms the poet}

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