WHAT IS IT THAT A POET KNOWSPosted: April 29, 2014
What is it that a poet knows
that tells him ‘this is real?’
Some revelation, a gift of sight,
granted through an effort of the mind
of infinite delight.
All the time I have been writing on the very edge of knowledge,
heard the real world whispering
with an indistinct and liquid rustling
as if to free, at last, an inextricable meaning!
Sought for words simpler, smoother, more clean than any,
only to clear the air
of an unnecessary obstruction…
Not because I wanted to meddle with the unknown
(I do not believe for a moment that it can be done),
but because the visible world seemed to be waiting,
as it always is,
somehow, to be revealed
What Is It That A Poet Knows – Louis Dudek (1998)
This is my last installment featuring a Canadian poet in support of National Poetry Month, I can’t believe it’s nearly May! For more Canadian poetry try here.