Monday, May 22, 2006

Words to the Wise: Stanley Kunitz

I've enjoyed getting Kunitz' poetry in my inbox each day since his death. May he rest in peace. Here are his last recorded words, as attributed to him by Olga Broumas. The message was passed on via Ingrid Wendt:

When you look back on a lifetime and think of what has been given to the world by your presence, your fugitive presence, inevitably you have to think of your art, whatever it may be, as the gift you have made to the world in acknowledgement of the gift you have been given, which is the life itself. And I think the world tends to forget that this is the ultimate significance of the body of work each artist produces. It is not an _expression of the desire for praise or recognition, or prizes, but the deepest manifestation of your gratitude for the gift of life.

Stanley Kunitz
1905-2006
from The Wild Braid, W.W. Norton, 2005

1 Comments:

Anonymous audiologo said...

Thanks for sharing those words. That mindfulness is a root source, but the stillness required to feel it is sometimes a great challenge.

1:34 PM, May 23, 2006  

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