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More Good Talk by Nils Peterson

Poems from four poets in love with the world, the Poets Laureate of Santa Clara County: Nils Peterson (Santa Clara County, 2009-2011),Sally Ashton (Santa Clara County, 2011-2013), David Perez (Santa Clara County, 2014-2016), and Arlene Biala (Santa Clara County, 2016-2018).

A Tenderness Toward Existence

Galway Kinnell said all good writing has a certain quality in common, “a tenderness toward existence.” Coleman Barks adds, “[Poets] will never finish noticing what is going on.”

Isn’t the great malady of our age the communal loss of this feeling of “tenderness towards existence?” We’ve lost tenderness because we’ve forgotten how to see. We do not see because we do not have to. Well, the farmer on his own land must see, and the fire watcher in the forest, and the entomologist, and on and on . . . and the poet.

Wendell Berry said “people exploit what they have merely concluded to be of value, but they defend what they love, and to defend what we love we need a particularising language, for we love what we particularly know.” Here is a quotation from the British naturalist, Robert Macfarlane that shows how difficult this has become. Even the dictionary makers are against us:

Oxford University Press revealed a list of the entries it no longer felt to be relevant to a modern-day childhood [in the Oxford Junior Dictionary]. The deletions included acorn, adder, ash, beech, bluebell, buttercup, catkin, conker, cowslip, cygnet, dandelion, fern, hazel, heather, heron, ivy, kingfisher, lark, mistletoe, nectar, newt, otter, pasture and willow. The words taking their places in the new edition included attachment, block-graph, blog, broadband, bullet-point, celebrity, chatroom, committee, cut-and-paste, MP3 player and voice-mail.

What the Oxford University Press has done is replace words from the world of nature with words from the technological construct we are building. Is it not the job of the poet to hold on to, bring back, invent again the language of seeing? Why? So we can fall in love with the world, or fall in love with the world again, or remember how it was to be in love with it.

—Nils Peterson

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ISBN-13:
9781611702590
9781611702590
Publisher:
Robertson Publishing
Robertson Publishing
Publication date:
07/25/2017
Pages:
64
64
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)
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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Nils Peterson

An Explanation, One thousand and One Words

A Small Bang

I wake aching

Morning dark

Still Life by Henri Peterson

The reading room

Being In Time

What could be more fun

At Sea

Introversion

Time, “twixt sleep and wake”

Robert Bly

William Stafford

Robert Hass

Down in the Dumps

This is a Political Poem

Sally Ashton

Ekphrasis: Poems Written in Response to Art

In the Museum

Poem, Dress, Poem

Seeing

Wintering (earth)

The Way of the Storm (air)

Sitting on a Boulder in the River (water)

Expecting Something (fire)

Durga

Portraits

Links to the art

David Perez

Introduction

The King

Private Lives

Solving the Rubix Cube

The Year of the Leech

The New Greek

A Conversation At Trials

She Told Me I Would Live Forever

Home Movie

Perfectly Rational

Compensation

Arlene Biala

Introduction

what is the song of your body?

tell me again

you bury me

mostly water

when the child was child

steeped

hey, america ~

spark

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