Poetry and the Present Tense

The present tense, so useful for bringing immediacy to writing …

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… fits with the wisdom that we live in the present, remember the past and imagine the future…
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But even the present is imagined. Look how the flashes of light in the following image of this little stream …

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… are really the traces of a present that occurs more quickly than the human eye, or a camera shutter at 1/250 of a second, can follow, like the tracks of subatomic particles in a cloud chamber.

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This is why poets and other spiritual seekers seek an integrated third way, without tense but present in the full being of the water. In a way poetry is saying that the above image and the one below …

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… and this one …

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… are the same.

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