APRIL IS POETRY MONTH: Farewell to Poem a Day for 2014: 'Of Bright & Blue Birds & The Gala Sun' by Wallace Stevens

APRIL IS POETRY MONTH: Farewell to Poem a Day for 2014: 'Of Bright & Blue Birds & The Gala Sun' by Wallace Stevens

Thank you for reading poems with us this month. As a farewell, a piece by Wallace Stevens. Until we meet again, we hope you find yourself surrounded by his "gaiety that is being, not merely knowing," and plenty of good verse.

          -The Knopf Poetry Team

 

 Of Bright & Blue Birds & The Gala Sun

Some things, niño, some things are like this,

That instantly and in themselves are gay

And you and I are such things, O most miserable...

 

For a moment they are gay and are a part

Of an element, the exactest element for us,

In which we pronounce joy like a word of our own.

 

It is there, being imperfect, and with these things

And erudite in happiness, with nothing learned,

That we are joyously ourselves and we think

 

Without the labor of thought, in that element,

And we feel, in a way apart, for a moment, as if

There was a bright scienza outside of ourselves,

 

A gaiety that is being, not merely knowing,

The will to be and to be total in belief,

Provoking a laughter, an agreement, by surprise.

 

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Excerpt from SELECTED POEMS. Copyright (c) 2009 by Alfred A, Knopf. Excerpted by permission of Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc., New York. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher. 

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