There is always woolgathering
that goes on about this," Mott said.
Poets are notorious for dawdling, idling, lallygagging, woolgathering
-- the outward manifestations of that condition of listening into which they have retreated, taking language with them.
And all along he has been turning out an occasional poem; sixty, most of them a single page in length, are collected in Woolgathering
to memorialize, as a major thread, his inevitable thoughts about death and dying: "Now it may happen any time" ("Shadow Lines").
As, sitting there woolgathering
, he dreamed that he was approaching Africa, on the other side.
Berkeley was, for all his woolgathering
, never asleep at the switch" [43-44]); in his reference to the "playful verse attributed to Bishop Berkeley" in "Alethia" (100); and to Berkeley the philosopher in "China" ("the body as it must be in the mind of God" ).
I was off woolgathering
and wasn't paying attention.
At ninety minutes without intermission, however, the piece as a whole comes off as choreographic woolgathering
or, as one friend termed it, a big yawn.
tends to lead to the fantasy world of "shoulds" - a journey we must not allow ourselves to take.
Her books include Witt, Babel, Woolgathering
, The Coral Sea, and Auguries of Innocence.
He was woolgathering
about the years when a flock of mallards passed high, unseen by the dog, circled once to a belated call, and departed.
Whether that system ever crossed the frontier into faith is a bit of woolgathering
this book rarely indulges.
I was woolgathering
about just such a hotshot on that exquisite morning as my hunting partner and I traveled between covers, when the dog of my dreams broke from shadowy scrub pines into a nearby field.