Things are not always as they seem

apoetreflects:

“A young man in a small town in Patagonia or in Kansas reads an ancient Chinese poet in a book he borrowed from the library and falls in love with a poem, which he reads to himself over and over again as the summer night is falling. With each reading he brings the voice of the dead poet to life. For one unforgettable moment, he steps out of his own cramped self and enters the lives of unknown men and women, seeing the world through their eyes, feeling what they once felt and thinking what they once thought. If poetry is not the most utopian project ever devised by human beings, I don’t know what is.”

—Charles Simic, from “Poetry and Utopia,” New York Review of Books Blog, June 7, 2012

(via eclektic)

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    poetry, in theory and reality, is the closest thing to religion I can claim.
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