Wally World

August 18th, 2006 by john

The discussion here on SMITH about whether or not to talk about your own life gets me thinking about the value of community in this regard, and that in turn gets me thinking about this wonderful stanza by Wallace Stevens, from the poem “Of the Surface of Things”:

In my room, the world is beyond my understanding;
But when I walk I see that it consists of three or four hills and a cloud.

Which to me says that participation in the world, as in conversation, is a great way to find perspective.