Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Poetry Wednesday, Vol. 29

Moderation is Not a Negation of
Intensity, But Helps Avoid Monotony

John Tagliabue

Will you stop for a while, stop trying to pull yourself
for some clear "meaning" - some momentary summary?
no one
can have poetry or dances, prayers or climaxes all day,
the ordinary
blankness of little dramatic consciousness is good for the
health sometimes,
only Dostoevsky can be Dostoevskian at such long
long tumultuous stretches,
look what that intensity did to poor great Van Gogh!;
linger, lunge,
scrounge and be stupid, that doesn't take much centering
of one's forces,
as wise Whitman said "lounge and invite the soul." Get
enough sleep
and not only because (as Cocteau said) "poetry is the
literature of sleep";
be a dumb bell for a few minutes at least, we don't want
Sunday church bells
ringing constantly.


mollysabourin said...

Awesome. Any lesson on balance on moderation, especially such a clever one as this, is good for me...and my family...and my soul.

Marigold said...

For some reason I have an aversion to the word 'moderation'. However, this poem is a gem; I like it a lot!

(See how I didn't say 'love'? :P)


Jennifer said...

For someone who tries to pull herself together at all moments of the day, the first line really got me! Nice choice!

Beth said...

Kris. Where do you find your poems? They are unique and different and thus refreshing!

Kris Livovich said...

moderation is hard for me. Success or miserable failure seem to be my methods.

Beth, Garrison Keeler is my poetry guide right now. Look into "Good Poems" and "Good Poems for Hard Times". He edited both books and chose some good ones.

Emily Lorelli said...

My favorite line is "only Dostoevsky can be Dostoevskian at such long long tumultuous stretches". I knew I could never make it as a poet when I started to savor peace and happiness. All my poetry (in high school, mind you) came out of angst, which I generally try to avoid these days. Thank you for another fun, gem (as Marigold said) of a poem!