On Poetry and Music

On Poetry and Music

Yesterday I realised the distinction between song-writing and poetry. I consider myself a poet, though I recognise no rules, and don’t really go out of my way to read the stuff. All poetry I know comes from music, and the occasional piece of literature (Edgar Allan Poe, Ursula Le Guin, etc., though I love the use of poetry in normal writing writing as well. This, I think, is beautiful). And it occurred to me (from reading my poetry out to…

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Chief Seattle’s Letter, Dated Around 1855

Chief Seattle’s Letter, Dated Around 1855

As read by Joseph Campbell1, this letter touched me deeply, which is why I am sharing it below (there is some speculation as to its accuracy, but I leave it to you to judge: considering its importance in events, there would be great political interest to change it from all parties. What lies below, however, is deeply moving). “The President in Washington sends word that he wishes to buy our land. But how can you buy or sell the sky?…

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