Zócalo Public SquareLi Po of Topanga Canyon – Zócalo Public Square http://www.zocalopublicsquare.org Ideas Journalism With a Head and a Heart Thu, 23 Nov 2017 01:59:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 Li Po of Topanga Canyonhttp://www.zocalopublicsquare.org/2016/10/21/li-po-topanga-canyon/chronicles/poetry/ http://www.zocalopublicsquare.org/2016/10/21/li-po-topanga-canyon/chronicles/poetry/#respond Fri, 21 Oct 2016 07:01:49 +0000 By Gail Wronsky http://www.zocalopublicsquare.org/?p=80390      for Daniel Arthur Kleiss (1949-2010) I never bought it—the one about the Chinese poet drunk one night, leaning out of a boat in order to embrace a watery reflection of the moon, and drowning . . . It’s the kind of thing people like to think about poets—that we’re easily enraptured, we’re know-nothing fools. More likely it happened like it did with Poet Dan, who lived in a tent by the side of the creek in Topanga. One night looking up during a meteor shower he accidentally dropped his poetry notebook in the water. A few of us saw him try to retrieve it. He stumbled, hitting his head on a rock, and died facedown in the muddy shallows before we could reach him. Poets and non-poets–we’d all been drinking. That night we’d all been looking at the winking face of heaven, wanting in . . .

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     for Daniel Arthur Kleiss (1949-2010)

I never bought it—the one about the Chinese poet drunk one night, leaning out of a boat in
order to embrace a watery reflection of the moon, and drowning . . .

It’s the kind of thing people like to think about poets—that we’re easily enraptured, we’re
know-nothing fools.

More likely it happened like it did with Poet Dan, who lived in a tent by the side of the creek
in Topanga. One night looking up during a meteor shower he accidentally dropped his
poetry notebook in the water. A few of us saw him try to retrieve it. He stumbled, hitting
his head on a rock, and died facedown in the muddy shallows before we could reach him.

Poets and non-poets–we’d all been drinking. That night we’d all been looking at the
winking face of heaven, wanting in . . .

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