Posted on Sep 16, 2015. See more in Encouragement

Stanley Kunitz’s spirit continues with us – in words like these from his 1994 commencement address at St. Mary’s College, Maryland.  Draw them in – deeply…

“If we want to know what it felt like to be alive at any given moment in the long odyssey of the race, it is to poetry we must turn. The moment is dear to us, precisely because it is so fugitive…What is imagination but a reflection of our yearning to belong to eternity as well as to time? Poets are always ready to talk about the difficulties of their art. I want to say something about its rewards and joys…Through the years I have found this gift of poetry to be life-sustaining, life-enhancing, and absolutely unpredictable. Does one live, therefore for the sake of poetry? No, the reverse is true: Poetry is for the sake of life.”