08 June 2007

James K. Baxter

I climbed up to a hole in the bank in a hill above the sea, and there fell into the attitude of listening out of which poems may rise — not to the sound of the sea but to the unheard sound of which poems are translations — it was then that I first endured that intense effort of listening, like a man chained to the ground trying to stand upright and walk — and from this intensity of listening the words emerged —

1 comment:

  1. I really like this because in my reading, the subject has been "seeing" (and then putting into words) so the notion of "listening" resonates nicely.