"As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame; / [ . . . ] Each mortal thing does one thing and the same: / Deals out that being indoors each one dwells; / Selves -- goes itself; 'myself' it speaks and spells, / Crying 'What I do is me; for that I came'." --Gerard Manley Hopkins
19 July 2007
More from John Gardner's On Moral Fiction:
"True art is a conduit between body and soul, between feeling unabstracted and abstraction unfelt."