Monday, July 20, 2015

Vatic Sayings

No less an authority
than J M Coetzee says 
the poet speaks vatically
by ceasing to be oneself,
"opening the poet-self
to some higher power."

The astute Mr Coetzee
does not pursue, as David,
Goliath, so what is this
higher power he speaks of?
What do poets know of it?
How does the poet-self cease?

He does not say but points to
Kierkegaard's paradox,
Speak without power or right:
so self-ceasing might come not 
by act of will but as gift
of (dis)grace, following much


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