how to be a poet – wendell berry

How To Be a Poet
(to remind myself)

Make a place to sit down.
Sit down. Be quiet.
You must depend upon
affection, reading, knowledge,
skill—more of each
than you have—inspiration,
work, growing older, patience,
for patience joins time
to eternity. Any readers
who like your work,
doubt their judgment.

Breathe with unconditional breath
the unconditioned air.
Shun electric wire.
Communicate slowly. Live
a three-dimensioned life;
stay away from screens.
Stay away from anything
that obscures the place it is in.
There are no unsacred places;
There are only sacred places
And desecrated places.

-Wendell Berry, from Given New Poems


2 thoughts on “how to be a poet – wendell berry

  1. DaisyMay

    Blowing a big rasberry, riding my bike, missing my friend Katie. I am wishing that was it…. more like windy walks and lots of rocks. Had fun today with the little girl on a walk, strolling in the wind felt liberating and exciting. Hi Girl. Miss you, hope you are perfect and want to tell you we are doing good and thinking about coming home and flying over the ocean blue. love ya. Daisy and Lulu. xx

    1. katie

      my lovely daisy! thank you for the sweet message. it made me smile. i miss you so much and think of you and your little one all the time. when are you coming home to the states? are you going back to reno or do you have another destination in mind? love me.


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