Why this?

The occasional poem of my own and a generous helping of work by others that I find inspiring. Site is named for a beloved book by one of my favorite writers, Italo Calvino, whose fanciful work lights--and delights--my soul.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

notes on origami

1. you must recognize what most do not:
it is less an art of folding
than of unfolding,

an intricate process through negation.


2. as you fold the first edge, in upon itself,
or press your finger's nail to a crease

you must know this will all be undone,

that the goal of such movement, is not
to be left as is, but rather to create a line--

a reference, so one's next step might be more clear.


3. as you reach the final folds
& form a wing or delicate neck

consider what you've heard of trees
whose seeds will root only in ash.

consider the attention,
undivided, as each one blooms.

--Britton Shurley in Bateau

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