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PDXAP Book Club - “The Art of Attention: A Poet’s Eye” by Donald Revell
For October, let’s together read Donald Revell’s “The Art of Attention: A Poet’s Eye.” From the back cover: “Donald Revell argues passionately for the transformation that imaginative experience elicits through poetry. ‘The art of poetry is not about the acquisition of wiles or the deployment of strategies,’ Revell writes. ‘Beginning in the senses, imagination senses farther, senses more.’ • Important to know The office building is locked from the outside -- if you don't see me at the door, please call or text me at (347)[masked]. We're meeting in a private office - water and tea to be available. We are also strictly pack in and pack out.

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    He tries to tell the doctor: / "My heart springs open and I see / there is a woods inside. / The trees are full of birds / but they are unable to sing." / It's a good sign, the doctor says.

    "My body begins to shine / brighter and brighter. / In the center of the light / there is a transparent woman / yelling, _Go back! Go back!_" / The doctor says that's promising.

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    "You don't understand. He was famous. / He was important. / Parker and Gillespie would still go over to the house / when they passed through town. / He invented that music with them. / Things mattered."

    (The doctor does not say anything. / _Calm yourself_, something whispers / inside him. _We can go home now_.)

    -- From "Ars Poetica," Jack Gilbert (Collected Poems)

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