P.S. This is what I want to make art about

22Oct12

Sojourns in the Parallel World

by Denise Levertov

We live our lives of human passions,
cruelties, dreams, concepts,
crimes and the exercise of virtue
in and beside a world devoid
of our preoccupations, free
from apprehension—though affected,
certainly, by our actions. A world
parallel to our own though overlapping.
We call it ‘Nature: only reluctantly
admitting ourselves to be ‘Nature’ too.
Whenever we lose track of our own obsessions,
our self-concerns, because we drift for a minute,
an hour even, of pure (almost pure)
response to that insouciant life:
cloud, bird, fox, the flow of light, the dancing
pilgrimage of water, vast stillness
of spellbound ephemerae on a lit windowpane,
animal voices, mineral hum, wind
conversing with rain, ocean with rock, stuttering
of fire to coal—then something tethered
in us, hobbled like a donkey on its patch
of gnawed grass and thistles, breaks free.
No one discovers
just where we’ve been, when we’re caught up again
into our own sphere (where we must
return, indeed, to evolve our destinies)
—but we have changed, a little.

“Sojourns in the Parallel World” by Denise Levertov from Sands of the Well. © New Directions Books, 1994.

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2 Responses to “P.S. This is what I want to make art about”

  1. 1 Shawna

    Whoa.

  2. 2 Riku Rodrigues Neto

    This has nothing to do with the poem, I just thought the best place to comment on you generally was in your latest blog entry. Your art is amaaaaaazing! I really think it’s.. wonderful – I guess. It’s awe-inspiring.. maybe. It just makes me feel good – it’s serene. It’s the kind of world I can relate to. And I love visually the sorts of things you paint – sort of reminds me of M.C. Escher.


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