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Pregnant with your spirit


START CLOSE IN by David Whyte

START CLOSE IN Start close in don't take  the second step or the third, start with the first thing close in, the step you don't want to take. Start with the ground
you know,
the pale ground
beneath your feet,
your own
way to begin
the conversation. Start with your own
give up on other
people’s questions,
don’t let them
smother something
simple. To hear
another’s voice,
your own voice,
wait until
that voice becomes an
private ear
that can
really listen
to another. Start right now
take a small step
you can call your own
don’t follow
someone else’s
heroics, be humble
and focused,
start close in,
don’t mistake
that other
for your own. Start close in,
don’t take
the second step
or the third,
start with the first
close in,
the step
you don’t want to take. … START CLOSE IN
in River Flow
New & Selected Poems
Many Rivers Press © David Whyte …. This piece was inspired by the first lines of Dante's Comedia written in despair in the midst of exile fro…

Penland Spring Concentration : Parts Unknown

Come join me this Spring at Penland School! 
MARCH 8 – MAY 1, 2020
Jenny Mendes
Parts Unknown

The launching point for this workshop will be an exploration of surfaces and a deep mining of personal content. Working primarily with low-fire clay, we’ll push the boundaries of the material through explorations of form and narrative. Experimentation with slips, underglazes, terra sigilatta, and different firings will lead students to develop unique bodies of work. Using Penland’s landscape as genius loci, visiting sculptor Hester Pilz will collaborate with students for two weeks as we discover how the spirit of the landscape can inform our work. All levels.