Poet Behind the Poetry, CKP’s special blog series in honor of National Poetry Month, looks behind the scenes of a writer’s creative life.
Being a poet is like talking to the world, like listening deeply, a continuous conversation with what is. Perhaps the only difference between a poet and someone else is that a poet writes it all down. A poet sees a flock of birds overhead or hears a clever phrase, then uses them as a springboard, a portal into existence.
The Tao Te Ching says “…This is practicing eternity.” Writing may be on the grand scale of love and death or simply noticing the color of a wheelbarrow:
So much depends
a red wheel
glazed with rain
beside the white
William Carlos Williams says what cannot be said. How much depends? Dr. Williams says “So much” – here the little word “so” hits a chord that takes the reader to another realm. Anyone might rush by such a mundane sight as left over rainwater on a gardening tool in the chicken yard… and yet this moment of seeing has intrigued readers for decades. Being a poet is like living in the immediacy where everything and nothing join, then somehow using words to create an offering.