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Poetry Writing Instruction Manuals: “The Poetry Home Repair Manual” (Continued…)

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Is it not by his high superfluousness we know

Our God? For to be equal a need

Is natural, animal, mineral: but to fling

Rainbows over the rain

And beauty above the moon, and secret rainbows

On the domes of deep sea-shells,

And make the necessary embrace of breeding

Beautiful also as fire,

Not even the weeds to multiply without blossom

Nor the birds without music:

There is the great humaneness at the heart of things,

The extravagant kindness, the fountain

Humanity can understand, and would flow likewise

If power and desire were perch-mates.



Robinson Jeffers, The Excesses Of God

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Turquoise: Gems

Nice poem.

What should I do with my discomfort?

I am going to read this book.



What should I do with my discomfort?


Explore it!

“The chief cause of human error is to be found in prejudices picked up in childhood” – Rene Descartes, Discourse on Method

None of us welcome discomfort, mental, physical or spiritual.  Most of us will do all we can to avoid it, employing a whole gamut of strategies to ward it off.  Distraction, denial, displacement, we have likely tried them all.  And yet, discomfort has much to tell us.  It’s our body’s way in fact of getting our attention and saying, “Hang on a minute, something’s going wrong here.  Slow down and listen and I’ll give you a clue.”

Do we dare?  Chances are we’ll employ one of our usual strategies and see it off until the next time, but there will be a next time, and a next time and a next time.  In fact we can…

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