Krishna: Full of Minimalism

I just read Jahnavi’s Kartik poem.  The last couple of lines reminded me of this great Ezra Pound poem:


The apparition of these faces in the crowd;
Petals on a wet, black bough.

I think the point of her poem was to remind us all of Krishna, yet here I am remembering this poem from my college girl days. Pound’s strip to the bare bones poem always seemed kind of mystical to me. We are brought together–united in our own individual purpose– and then we disperse.

There is no permanence.



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2 responses to “Krishna: Full of Minimalism

  1. carl

    To bring it back around, another nice way to think of this little gem, and most of Pound's work, is that he wrote of “things”—the vision of the faces, the petals, the boughs—as “only the terminal points . . . the meeting points.” Meeting points of what? His immediate focus was on the concrete, but his deeper interest was the invisible link connecting all things. He'd present them one after another in a kind of imagistic rhyming until that connecting energy became apparent. In this way, his actual subject was not the things themselves but what filled the space between them and connected them all: Krishna!

  2. Devadeva Mirel

    haribol! i love people with brains. thank you, dear carl. always a pleasure to be presented with your little gems.

    especially when they are from santa 😉

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