On the subject of slowness, here are two poets who hint at its virtues in poems I serendipitously stumbled upon today.
Maryann Hurtt quotes e e cummings in her poem “Turtle Explains,” published in the October 2021 issue of Verse-Virtual: “nobody beautiful ever hurries.” Turtle “takes this seriously,” finds time to study “crevices / tiny puddles.” Because s/he doesn’t hurry, Turtle doesn’t miss the captivating details of the world that make it beautiful.
Full attention changes perception. Stare into someone’s eyes for ten minutes and see what happens. Going slowly can change your world.
Is it serendipity, synchronicity, or the Holy Spirit? Whatever its name, I felt a jolt when Tom Montag read a few of his Old Monk poems today at Verse-Virtual’s Poetry Reading and Open Mic event. One of them, published in the Lothlorien Poetry Journal, 17 February 2021, considers the virtues of slowness. I am quoting the poem in full here, as it is very short.
|Etruscan bronzes in the Museo archeologico nazionale (Florence)|