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One must make a distinction however: when dragged into prominence by half poets, the result is not poetry, nor till the autocrats among us can be “literalists of the imagination”—above insolence and triviality and can present for inspection, imaginary gardens with real toads in them, shall we have it.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Open Link Monday

Welcome to the Imaginary Garden ...

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I have recently re-read Catcher in the Rye, and while I must own that it is not my favourite novel in the world (sorry Shay), Salinger does have a skill with words, and expresses them with great strength and conviction. This is perhaps my favourite quote:

“Among other things, you'll find that you're not the first person who was ever confused and frightened and even sickened by human behavior. You're by no means alone on that score, you'll be excited and stimulated to know. Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now. Happily, some of them kept records of their troubles. You'll learn from them—if you want to. Just as someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. It's a beautiful reciprocal arrangement. And it isn't education. It's history. It's poetry.” 
― J.D. SalingerThe Catcher in the Rye

If there is any method to our madness, as writers of poetry, it must be this: we have something to offer and we long to learn from others. I believe this notion is the backbone of what we are doing here in the Imaginary Garden, week in and week out. It is why we extend this open invitation every Monday to all-comers who have a love of the written word.


16 comments:

Susan said...

I believe this too. Nice use of Salinger.

blueoran said...

Thanks, Kerry, and greetings all -- Great suggestion by Salinger, one that is ours today to make!

Rachelle Smith Stokes said...

Hello all! I appreciate always letting us share our work! :) I'm truly excited about this one. Can't wait to get to sit and read all the others :)

jo-hanna said...

Thank you for the invitation. So much to learn and digest. I would like a helping hand with presentation: two versions in my poem today. Does typography make a difference?

Marcoantonio Arellano said...

i cherish this today and i always look forward to reading most everyone's heartfelt expressions

gracias to those that visit and leave an 'hola'

Kenia Cris said...

I had to read it twice, because when I first read it, it was in translation and I didn't like it all. I was glad to be able to read in English then.


Happy Monday dear toads!

Steve King said...

Good morning, Toads. As always, a pleasure to be joining you today for some excellent reading.
Steve K.

Fireblossom said...

The quote reminds me of one my favorite quotes from Thoreau:

"The at present unutterable things we may find somewhere uttered. These same questions that disturb and puzzle and confound us have in their turn occurred to all the wise men; not one has been omitted; and each has answered them, according to his ability, by his words and his life."

Marian said...

Good morning, Toads. I feel like I'm limping, not leaping, but at least am saying hello. xoxo to all of you & let's make this a wonderful week. M

Jinksy said...

Hurrah for Mondays! :)

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Happy Sleepy Monday, Toads! I am archiving my website poetry these days - a big but satisfying chore - and keep coming upon poems I have totally forgotten that make me wonder: who wrote this? I linked one os those today, written for a Toads prompt by Kenia in 2012.

cosmos cami said...

Needed this outlet today

Timoteo said...

Good day, Toads! Bringing you warmth and sunshine from the desert.

Marlon O. said...

Bit late today.

Anyway, happy monday! Kisses

Betsy @ BPhotoArt.com said...

Catcher in the Rye was my grandmother's favorite book. She was an English teacher, and instilled a love of the written word in me as well. Thanks for sharing.

sharplittlepencil.com said...

Just saw a good documentary on searching for Salinger. Catcher in the Rye, I didn't connect with it in high school because I was not a reader yet (once on meds, my mind slowed down and the words caught up).

Have been away on another dreadful dance with the gremlindeep. Sorry I have not been in touch, and I hope all understand I will be reading as many of yours today as I possibly can! Glad to be on a lilypad. Love, Amy