Jack Gilbert’s “A Brief for the Defense” is a beautiful poem about happiness amidst sorrow. Read it below at The Sun–scroll toward the end of the piece for the poem, or if you have extra time (ha!) read about his life and work, too, and some of his other poems.
“We must have
the stubbornness to accept our gladness in the ruthless
furnace of this world…”
Thanks for this. Love Jack Gilbert.
Failing And Flying is one of my most favorites. “Anything worth doing is worth doing badly.”- this is a maxim to live by, seriously.
Hope you’re well (well, you know, as well as possible).
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