Wednesday, August 13, 2008

As for Poets by Gary Snyder

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

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

2 comments:

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