Wednesday, August 13, 2008

As for Poets by Gary Snyder


As for poets
The Earth Poets
who write small poems
need help from no man.


The Air Poets
play out the swiftest gales
and sometimes loll in the eddies
poem after poem,
curling back on the same thrust.


At fifty below
Fuel oil won't flow
and propane stays in the tank.
Fire Poets
Burn at Absolute Zero
Fossil love pumped back up.


The first
Water Poet
stayed down six years.
He was covered with seaweed.
The life in his poem
left millions of tiny
different tracks
criss-crossing through the mud.


With the Sun and the Moon
In his belly,
The Space Poet
No end to the sky -
but his poems,
like wild geese,
fly off the edge.


A Mind Poet
Stays in the house.
The house is empty
and it has no walls.
The poem is seen from all sides,
at once.

**at last I believe I have seen/met an example of each kind of poet :) I think GS is suggesting that mother nature provides the theory, although its not really a theory, but more like an influence, but there are these six different ways we can express that connection. This poem is from Turtle Island, 1974.**


billectric said...

Very nice poem! Thanks for sharing it, and I agree with your "theory."

skyplumber said...

Bill, nice to meet you.

its kind of like a personality test, another way of looking at things, the slam poets can be the 'fire' poets, for example

or Dylan Thomas