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Scott Tallent


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A willow in my hand
Sets the example
It’s strong, tough, yet pliable.
It becomes the wicker basket
Only because it yields.

Copyright 2009 by Scott Tallent.
Used with the author's permission.

 

 

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Scott Tallent is a psychiatrist in private practice in Louisville, Kentucky.  Originally from upstate South Carolina, Scott didn’t develop a love for poetry until a few years ago, but he is now an avid fan. He names Gregory Orr as his favorite poet and William Stafford as the poet he most respects. Having spent so many years immersed in science courses and study, Scott is enjoying exploring the humanities now, and is particularly intrigued by poetry therapy. He says, “I write poetry because it’s a way to say the ineffable.”

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paradea:
A fine poem.
Posted 08/25/2014 10:47 AM
Jo:
Very thoughtful and beautiful poem. Thank you.
Posted 08/23/2014 05:36 PM
KevinArnold:
Yes, brevity. The willow is an effective way to broach the confounding continuum of passivity and assertiveness.
Posted 08/23/2014 12:34 PM
Katrina:
The subject matter reminds me of Seamus Heaney's 'The Diviner', which links to the Latin word 'vates', or prophet. This is a different angle on poetry from the Greek idea of 'poeisis', a creator; but somehow the two can be dependent on each other. Something leads Tallent's yielding of natural strength.
Posted 08/23/2014 03:24 AM


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