Wendell Berry on How to Be a Poet


“Although poetry itself exerts a singular power over the human spirit… it is hardly a power that comes easily to the poet.” In his poem, titled “How to Be a Poet (to remind myself),” the wise and wonderful poet Wendell Berry reminds us of the “vitalizing power of silence and stillness and self-refinement” which are so essential to being a poet, an artist of any kind, and really, a complete human being.

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