Commentary on Poem "Mind: Questing or Resting?":|
Kay's email message /
"Thanks for another look /
into your questing mind"
U.S. Poet Laureate (2008-2010) taught Stanford Poetry Workshops (English 192V)
during the Winter Semester (January 5-March 9, 2010). I was fortunate she allowed me to be in her class.
While we didn't have our poems critiqued, Kay's essay assignments
made me reflect more inwardly that many poems flowed out. I was typing Kay's poems
from her Stanford Poetry Reading (2-23-2010) at Stanford Green Library when I learned she had won
the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (4-18-2011).
I wrote a haiku "Kay Ryan's The Best of It / won this year's Pulitzer / O how wonderful!" However
I didn't send a congratulatory email until July 2 along with my "Michelangelo's Bow" poem
with Notes. On July 8, she wrote "Hi Peter, Thanks for another look into
your questing mind. Warm wishes to you. Kay." Despite her short message, I'm always happy to have Kay respond to my emails. It amazes me that
many who ask for my poems and lecture notes don't acknowledge them, while busy people like
Joyce Carol Oates, and
Kay Ryan find time to respond promptly. It dawned on me that these four had enlightened experiences.
(Image: Kay Ryan, nysun.com)|
made me meditate /
Should my mind /
be questing or resting?
Phrenology Head (1883)
Kay's short message made me meditate whether my mind should be questing or resting?
Phrenology Head (1883) with many mansions of activities exemplifies
a questing mind of busyness. I'm always collecting inspiring news and quotes in books,
newspapers, and on the web that uplift us to enlightenment. Sleeping Muse I (1909) by