There is a country to cross you will
find in the corner of your eye, in
the quick slip of your foot – air far
down, a snap that might have caught.
And maybe for you, for me, a high, passing
voice that finds its way by being
afraid. That country is there, for us,
carried as it is crossed. What you fear
will not go away: it will take you into
yourself and bless you and keep you.
That’s the world, and we all live there.
— William Stafford
(from the amazing Slow Muse)
― Russell Banks in his essay “Notes on Literature and Engagement” in the PEN American collection of essays Burn This Book (58) (via itsthemusicpeople) (via libraryland) (via will-o-the-wisp) (via bugseatbooks) (via booklover)