Author Archives: M Pavlicek-Wehrli

Reading W.S. Merwin (1927-2019)

Poet W.S. Merwin died yesterday, March 15, 2019, at his home in Hawaii.  Poet, translator, environmentalist, memoirist, conservator of land, language, human imagination.  Soul.  A poem from his book The Shadow of Sirius (2009, Copper Canyon Press): Just This When I … Continue reading

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Retro-Update – Looking Back to Pages from a Handmade Book, c. 2014

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Re-Reading C.D. Wright, 10:30 p.m.

“. . . That the poems we snatch from the language must bear the habit of our thinking. That their arrangement strengthens the authority on which each separate line is laid. That they extend the line into perpetuity. That they … Continue reading

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Thinking about Wallace Stevens….

     “What is the poet’s subject?  It is his sense of the world.  The truth is that a man’s (one’s) sense of the world dictates his subjects to him, and that this sense is derived from his personality, his … Continue reading

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Reading John Berger……

From Bento’s Sketchbook, a quote from Spinoza’s Ethics: “We sense and experience that we are eternal.  For the mind no less senses those things which it conceives in understanding than those which it has in the memory.  For the eyes of … Continue reading

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Reading Muriel Rukeyser at 2 a.m.

(excerpt from The Life of Poetry (Introduction) : “In times of crisis, we summon up our strength. Then, if we are lucky, we are able to call every resource, every forgotten image that can leap to our quickening, every memory that … Continue reading

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