Time to post something new for the new year!
The start of a new year seems like the right time think about things – looking backward to look forward or something like that. I am happy that this blog has given me a forum to experiment and show my work and I definitely plan to continue over the coming year. I have a number of other creative projects underway and in the works (maybe too many!) Perhaps if there’s one thing to focus on this year, it’s having a better balance between all aspects of life – most of us could use some of that – I know I could!
Here’s a short poem about poetry – in particular, the poetry of a certain Tang Dynasty Chinese monk named Han Shan – as interpreted by the American poet, Peter Stambler… It seems about right for a cold winter day…enjoy!
The Uses of Poetry
To join happy men, collect Han Shan’s poems,
More sonorous, more savory than a morning’s sutras.
With bamboo shoots, pin them to your cracked walls.
Read them over in the evenings, keeping out the cold.
image (cc) 2011 Hilary Farmer