In his book Collected Poetry, Robinson Jeffers wrote, “Mechanistic anti-spritual point of view from medical school, running in harness with a mysticism that seems almost instinctive.”
George Hart in his book Inventing the Language to Tell It, writes, “The tension between materialism and mysticism, oppositional powers harnessed together to achieve a unitary purpose, is the cardinal indicator of Jeffers’s sacramental poetics….”
Hart later continues, “Jeffers would use the term mysticism carefully, and I use it advisedly, but the experience he describes in his poem “Oh Lovely Rock” fulfills William James four criteria of a mystical state; ineffability, noetic quality, transiency, and passivity.”
Don’t you love sentences that speak to you but you have no idea what they mean?
I could sit here for eons and never come close to Jeffers points or William James’ criteria for a mystical state. In fact, I expect to sit here for sometime learning what they said. Once learned, I will return to Jeffers short poem “Oh Lovely Rock” and see if I feel it any differently.
I know this. Some great poetry can bury my enthusiasm to write my own. Jeffers spurs me on. I want to produce in writing a tension that constructs solving actions. Yesterday at breakfast my counselor friends asked me, “Why?”
I am working on it. This week I have had more than my share of why questions. I am working on all of them. How do you do with”why” questions?