Definition #209 Attention

Oliver Puzzles with Don May 2015

Oliver Puzzles with Don
May 2015

Kathleen Jamie
“When we were young, we were told that poetry is about voice,

about finding a voice and speaking with this voice,

but the older I get I think it’s not about voice, it’s about listening and the art of listening,

listening with attention.

I don’t just mean with the ear;

bringing the quality of attention to the world.

The writers I like best are those who attend.”

Seamus Heaney, Annie Dillard, Elizabeth Bishop are writers who “attend.”

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