As I see and hear the various responses to the marathon that is the USA Presidential Election I wonder what that means. I am not an expert on anything, let alone politics. However, we can all recognise, even in some small way, the longings in the hearts and minds of our fellow travelers. As I think on this, my wonder alights on the various North American literary figures who have passed through my hands, eyes, mind and heart. I was drawn to this handsome edition of Walt Whitman‘s ‘Leaves of Grass’ (San Diego: Canterbury Classics, 2015).
The quote countersunk into the back cover reminds us that what can affect you, can affect me and, indeed, so many others.
Poets and other literary persons can assist us at times when we find ourselves searching. Perhaps it re-awakens a search in you. You may also enjoy ‘I Just Realized’ by ‘The Bookshelf of Emily J.’
During this week I have heard some poets quoted. One of them is Denise Levertov. Here is an interesting poem by Levertov Losing Track . I find the line quoted below fascinating to ruminate over.
am I a pier
half-in half-out of the water?
Denise Levertov, 'Losing Track'
#Movember2016 & Other Bristling Words
Bristles, whiskers, stubble,
Forming on the chin;
Tracing lines on upper lip,
Framing round a grin.
Movember makes a comeback,
Raising hair on many a face;
We do our bit for mental health,
To make the world a better place.
Simon C.J. Falk 1 Movember November 2016