Friday, January 2, 2009

The Power of Poetry

JOHN LITHGOW, an enthusiastic seeker of poetic experience, speaks about the power of poetry in Bill Moyers Journal.

"To A Poor Old Woman" by William Carlos Williams

munching a plum on
the street a paper bag
of them in her hand

They taste good to her
They taste good
to her. They taste
good to her

You can see it by
the way she gives herself
to the one half
sucked out in her hand

a solace of ripe plums
seeming to fill the air
They taste good to her"

JOHN LITHGOW: Feel the pain and desolation of that. And yet, she savors a plum in exactly the same way we savor a plum. You know, we who don't experience anything near the pain she experiences.

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