I have been following the #declutter
approach of @mariekondo
It works for me as I have sought to lead a more spartan life, inhabit a more minimalist space.
Over the heap of rants piled on top of her by writers and booksellers everywhere, I have quietly, obediently followed her lead and tried to re-ignite that #spark
with a once-beloved book. A daily ritual now. Admittedly, for a writer, a 30-book limit is a bit obscene (a marathoner trying to compete against @usainbolt
in the 100-metre dash) but I find the effort, hmm...🤔...illuminating.
Here is the first of the 30 books that has fired me up.
Thomas Lynch is one of my favourite American poets (and #undertakers
)and this collection of essays, BODIES IN MOTION AND AT REST, is as fine as his any of his best poetry. Wry as a stray cat, self-deprecating, lyrical, profane, and, ultimately, profound. A deep dive into the nature of language, literature, and the meaning of life. His humour is Irish- dark and smoky; his guilt Catholic; his language Romantic; and his wisdom Pre-Socratic.
For even a fleeting moment, you wish to see the world through his eyes. And in this book, there are many such portals.