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The Poetry of Everyday LifeStorytelling and the Art of Awareness$

Steve Zeitlin

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781501702358

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501702358.001.0001

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The Poetry of Everyday Life
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Cornell University Press

(p.vii) By poet, I mean every inventor, be he big or small, every discoverer, be he strong or weak, every creator, be he great or humble … and everyone who stands in awe before the day and the night, be he a philosopher or a guard at a vineyard.

—KAHLIL GIBRAN

… As we beheld her striding there alone, [We] knew that there never was a world for her Except the one she sang and, singing, made.

—WALLACE STEVENS, “The Idea of Order at Key West”

I believe that creativity makes the world better: that if we are able, all of us, to figure out a way to reach into our deepest selves, to draw upon the unknown, to go below the surface of what we must do to live and to survive, to examine, with as much honesty as we can, what we believe, what we know to be true, and what we must do to be on that path, that the world is thereby improved. But nothing is easy. Really nothing.

—ESTHER COHEN (p.viii)