top of page

He Who Learns – Teaches[1]

She watches the Words of her Textbook Creep off the

Pages, over her Fingers, and Sink straight into her Skin[2]

Although the Teaching is Limitless – we Vow to Learn it All[3]

Embrace of a Quieter Knowledge – Unbound, Unbattered, Coextensive with Space[4]

Knowledge is Dark, Salt, Clear, Moving, Utterly Free – Drawn from the Cold Hard Mouth of

The World – Derived from the Rocky Breasts Forever – Flowing & Drawn, Flowing & Flown[5]

Increase of Knowledge – Augmentation of the Complexity and Intensity of the field of Intelligent

Life – Enrichment of Harmony and the Greater Glory of God – Curiosity, Adventure, Delight[6]

All that you Perceive, all that you Experience, all that is Given to you or Taken from

You, all that you Love or Hate, Need, or Fear will Teach you – if you will Learn[7]

Set out, First, to Learn, Secondly, to Learn, and Thirdly, to Learn, and then

See to it that Learning shall Not Remain a Dead Letter, or a Fashionable

Catch-Phrase, that Learning shall Really Become Part of our very Being[8]

Do not Read any more – Look! Do not look any more – Go![9]

Will you be a Reader, a Student merely – or a Seer?[10]

[1] Ethiopian Proverb

[2] Zoe Robertson, Patty Perkins and the Poltergeist Plot

[3] Four Buddhist Vows, quoted in Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind

[4] Susan Griffin, Archive

[5] Elizabeth Bishop, At the Fishhouses

[6] Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness

[7] Octavia Butler, Parable of the Sower

[8] Vladimir Lenin, Final Pravda Essay

[9] Paul Celan tr. Michael Hamburger, The Straitening

[10] Henry David Thoreau, Walden

bottom of page