A Turning Wind

A Turning Wind

A Turning Wind

A Turning Wind

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Now in our time, many of the sources of power are obscured again, or vulgarized and locked out. They are our inheritance, part of our common property, I believe, among the techniques of living. Using as material studies in symbolism, studies in individual lives, and the experience to which I have been open, I have hoped to indicate some of the valid sources of power which have come down to us. I have wished to use such material as document, in much the same way that newspapers or congressional reports or broadcasts may be used. The spiral, for example, the ancient pattern of power as known in water, in wind, or traced in human design, was worshipped as dynamic evidence of a supernature. Our dead worshipped the pattern, believing it outside themselves; we know that what they blessed or feared was a projection of human power. The sources of power have developed with the race. This book has been written on this framework, although some of the poems are closer to it than others. A rich and indicative discussion of origins, whose hints I have used, is Donald A. Mackenzie book, The Migration of Symbols.

The fear of symbols is linked with the fear of poetry in our culture. It is poetry's enemy, part of a great emotional wound dealt by a complex which daily fills the headlines of all the newspapers. The relationship between the "Elegies," with their references to sources, "Moment of Proof," which turns about these fears, and the "Lives," which refer to individual creative energy, . . .

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