I have been reading Thoreau’s Walden gravitating to the passages on listening. I will write a more substantial blog post soon. Seems important to read Merwin and Thoreau together, though a preliminary search yielded just two published sources, both by Ed Folsom. I have requested them and await their arrival.
From “Sounds” on, Thoreau cultivates a deep listening that connects him to his environment—a process not unlike Merwin’s poetics.
This spring, I am teaching Walden, but to unleash its stored energy, I plan on complimenting our exploration with several of Merwin’s poems on listening.
Listening could be a mantra for 2014!
Happy New Years