I've had quite a long day, and I haven't had the time to really muster up any interesting ideas for a blog post. So I thought I'd share one of my favorite poems, "Archaic Torso of Apollo" by Ranier Maria Rilke. It's an elegy to the power of art to inspire change. And the last line, maybe the great last line of any poem, always manages to surprise me with its immediacy. Enjoy, and I'll get back at you next week.
“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”
― Jalaluddin Rumi
I just wanted to briefly follow up on the Jimmy Santiago Baca poem I posted last week, "What is Broken Is What God Blesses." It's a lovely poem not only for its imagery-- how lovely is the phrase " the addict’s arm seamed with needle marks/ is a thread line of a blanket/frayed and bare from keeping the man warm"-- but for its theme of suffering.
I'm out of commission today because of dental surgery, so I don't have the strength or energy to write too much today. So instead I wanted to share this lovely poem I read recently by Jimmy Santiago Baca with you all. My next blog will be about the themes discussed in the poem on Tuesday. Enjoy!
What Is Broken Is What God Blesses
Jimmy Santiago Baca, 1952
The lover’s footprint in the sand the ten-year-old kid’s bare feet