For millennia, native people have used flames to protect the land. The US government outlawed the process for a century before recognizing its value.
On this Thanksgiving, I survey all the deliciously delightful people who have touched my life and kudize them all. However, there are four in my personal pantheon that are absolute standouts. Oddly, they are all men.
These actual things
allow me to relive the velocity
with which I’ve learned I love him…
But after a few minutes
they become bold and
like dark thoughts
I saw one once—heaved onto the sand with kelp
stuck to its blue-gray skin.
Heavy and immobile,
it lay like a great sadness.
Through song and story, Patti Smith gives us new insight into the transcendent genius of William Blake.