Oct 26 2011

W.S. Merwin on Imagination and Nature

One of the themes of W. S. Merwin's reading/talk/performance a couple of weeks ago was imagination. "Not living by imagination is killing us," he said, and went on to connect nature and imagination, saying exactly this: "Nature is imagination." I've been thinking about this as I've been rereading W. C. Williams's  "Asphodel, That Greeny Flower," a poem that is just as full of abstractions (love, death) as things, but which offers finger and Read more [...]