Monday, October 21, 2013

Robert Fernandez, "On Poetry and Spirit"

"Music is the human sway that coaxes spirit. One is taken up by music, not the other way around. Music is a gift. And one must have a predisposition for and must learn to accept the gift of music. One must learn to submit to the poem’s music and to be taken up.

This is the beginning—onset of the possible. The poet’s responsibility is this pleading for and humble submission to music, through which spirit arrives and makes transformation possible.

What was once known as God is the will toward which I pitch my life. What was once known as Love is the will toward which I pitch my work. I am the servant of the Light and of the Muses, and I know their desirable gift."

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