It’s the Extras that Count

April 12, 2014

National Poetry Month. 12

“The world is what you see outside your window plus what you think of it.”
— William Stafford, from Sound of the Ax: Aphorisms and Poems by William Stafford,ed. Vincent Wixon and Paul Merchant

The view from my living room window

The view from my living room window

Camellias through my window

Camellias through my window

“. . . a poem, or other work of art, is fact and observation plus the man. . . . Our best growth is attained when we match knowledge with love, insight with reverence, understanding with sympathy and enjoyment; else the machine become more and more, and the man less and less.”
— John Burroughs, “Literature and Science,” from Under the Apple-Trees, 1916

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