I’ve just got hold of a copy of Swithering by the poet Robin Robertson. Here’s something pertinent he said in 2008:
“Art is difficult and I don’t see why we should shy away from it. We live in such a disposable age that anything that needs a second thought is ignored. We are missing out on the real sustenance.”
And here’s a touching poem by Robertson:
Treading through the half-light of ivy
and headstone, I see you in the distance
as I’m telling our daughter
about this place, this whole business:
a sister about to be born,
how a life’s new gravity suspends in water.
Under the oak, the fallen leaves
are pieces of the tree’s jigsaw;
by your father’s grave you are pressing acorns
into the shadows to seed.
This poem is from the collection, A Painted Field.