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“To Find Our Larger Self”: An Interview with Juan Felipe Herrera |

Herrera - Wikipedia Photo

Herrera – Wikipedia Photo

“Poems are moments in-between the grinding gears of all the machines, hammers, and techno-clicks that have set off our lives into something close to madness. We all long for essence, for clarity, for harmony, for peace, for an enlightened way of life—yet we seem to have collectively agreed to let a mechanical delirium be our guide. What I am saying: find seventeen seconds of your day to reflect, to provide an offering—to write five words. ”

Source: “To Find Our Larger Self”: An Interview with Juan Felipe Herrera | From the Catbird Seat: Poetry & Literature at the Library of Congress

Herrera speaks about “the occasional poem,” a poem about the now of our lives today and what we’re experiencing and how we can share all of this with each other.

At least, that’s how I see it. I would prefer reading more occasional poems on, say, Facebook (for example) and fewer rants. I want to know how you experience good news and bad news on any given day, not a canned presentation from some group with an agenda that you linked into your status update.

Food for thought, this interview.

–Malcolm

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