Thursday, May 13, 2010

Listening and the Voice

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 Irish poet Kathleen Jamie (with whom I share a birthday)
From The Writer's Almanac