Luke's Commonplace Book

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This is Luke's Commonplace Book, circa April, 2007.

June 13, 2012 at 9:10pm
Reblogged from ayjay

A young man in a small town in Patagonia or in Kansas reads an ancient Chinese poet in a book he borrowed from the library and falls in love with a poem, which he reads to himself over and over again as the summer night is falling. With each reading he brings the voice of the dead poet to life. For one unforgettable moment, he steps out of his own cramped self and enters the lives of unknown men and women, seeing the world through their eyes, feeling what they once felt and thinking what they once thought. If poetry is not the most utopian project ever devised by human beings, I don’t know what is.

— Poetry and Utopia by Charles Simic (via ayjay)

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