norman fischer on meditation & poetry

Meditation is when you sit down, let’s say that, and don’t do anything. Poetry is when you get up and do something.

Somewhere we’ve developed the misconception that poetry is self-expression, and that meditation is going inward. Actually, poetry has nothing to do with self-expression, it is the way to be free, finally, of self-expression, to go much deeper than that. And meditation is not a form of thought or reflection, it is a looking at or an awareness of what is there, equally inside and outside, and then it doesn’t make sense anymore to mention inside or outside.

— from Beneath a Single Moon: Buddhism in Contemporary American Poetry

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