Wendell Berry On How To Be A Poet (and Human)

One/another of my favorite poets, thinkers and inspired humans is Wendell Berry.  Farmer, writer, poet, philosopher, activist, and common-sense man - he embodies and articulates values I hold dear.  Maria Popova - who pens an always inspired weekly blog called Brain Pickings features Wendell Berry in her column this week. You can read it here and also hear Berry reading one of his poems How To Be A Poet.

An excerpt:

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.

Increasingly I am experiencing poetry as the linguistic embodiment of 'fat' moments - those moments that feel round and full and stretched out. Where body, senses, mind and spirit are simultaneously inspired and united.

For more on Maria Popova check out the interview with her from On Being