Upstream – excerpts

“Attention is the beginning of devotion.” (p. 8)

“I learned that the poem was made not just to exist, but to speak – to be company.” (p. 12)

“I believe everything has a soul.” (p. 14)

“Form is certainty.  All nature knows this, and we have no greater adviser…Each form sets a tone, enables a destiny, strikes a note in the universe unlike any other.  How can we ever stop looking?  How can we ever turn away?” (p. 20)

“Creative work needs solitude.” (p. 24)

“…creative work requires a loyalty as complete as the loyalty of water to the force of gravity.” (p. 28)

~Mary Oliver, Upstream

“Great poetry draws its strength from the life of mankind, and we completely miss its meaning if we try to derive it from personal factors.  Whenever the collective unconscious becomes a living experience and is brought to bear upon the conscious outlook of an age, this event is a creative act which is of importance for a whole epoch.”

~C.G. Jung, CW15, para. 153

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