Hey, It’s World Pertry Day

I follow the PEN America Center on Facebook and the organization posted this great quote last week:

“To me, poetry is somebody standing up, so to speak, and saying, with as little concealment as possible, what it is for him or her to be on earth at this moment.”

― Galway Kinnell

Poetry gets a bad rap for being soft, or whatever, but it stuck for me in college because of a professor I had named Peter Balakian who was such a cool cat in that he liked watching the NY Giants and fishing for fluke and was friends with Ginsburg and Derek Walcott and showed there’s no one way or the other you have to be. Plus he touted Bob Dylan as a great American poet.

On that note: He’s talking about songwriting, but this quote from Steve Earle in the Nashville episode of Sonic Highways struck too in how words can work in the way Kinnell expressed it. Earle said,

“The only part of your experience that anybody gives a shit about, is the experience that they go, ‘Oh, yeah, that happened to me and that sucked..or, that happened to me and it was great.”

With that in mind here’s a couple links to some people putting it down about fishing. A couple are not poems in the technical sense but to me they read like poetry:

Welcome To Texas

North and South

The Traveler

Technically Salmon

Wants and Needs

Solitaire for Two

 

6 thoughts on “Hey, It’s World Pertry Day”

  1. Honored to be included with such good friends and such good writers, Pete. I have followed the Matts, both, and Alex and Erin for a long, long time and I appreciate the introduction to Davin’s fine work. All bring something a little bit different to our fishing literature. Something good.

    And, by the way, the Sonic Highways reference made me smile. A ffine series, currently marked Keep on our DVR.

    1. Sonic Highways is awesome. I’ve watched the New Orleans episode in particular three or four times and since then have been listening to the Meters again on a daily basis.

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