Living and dying at once

Years ago I came to the realization that the most poignant of all lyric tensions stems from the awareness that we are living and dying at once.  To embrace such knowledge and yet to remain compassionate and whole – that is the consummation of the endeavor of art.

– Stanley Kunitz
Reflections, introduction to The Collected Poems

I know I said I wasn’t blogging this month.  But I am reading, and writing in other places, and this paragraph simply took my breath away with the exactness with which it conveys the most important impulse and emotion in my heart.  I had to share it.

4 thoughts on “Living and dying at once”

  1. So true. Another little guidepost I love is:

    “Every moment of one’s existence one is growing into more or retreating into less. One is always living a little more or dying a little bit.”
    – Norman Mailer

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