The Uncallused Hand
Section III: Once Upon a Time
A song of the rolling earth, and of words according,
Were you thinking that those were the words,
those upright lines? those curves, angles, dots?
No, those are not the words,
the substantial words are in the ground and sea,
They are in the air, they are in you.
Firstly, stories, like reality itself, deal in the particular,
not in abstraction and generality.
If reality is to communicate with us at all
it will have to be via particulars, since particulars are all it has--
particulars will necessarily form the elements of any “vocabulary” available to it.
Secondly, particulars in stories are strung together in patterns of significance,
patterns that resonate with what is most important to us
as precarious beings living in a beautiful but dangerous world.
Of course! the path to heaven
doesn’t lie down in flat miles.
It’s in the Imagination
with which you perceive this world,
and the gestures with which you honor it.
Section 3 of the book contains the following poems:
See sample here: