Thank you for reading poems with us this month. As a farewell, a piece by Wallace Stevens. Until we meet again, we hope you find yourself surrounded by his “gaiety that is being, not merely knowing,” and plenty of good verse.          - The Knopf Poetry Team

Of Bright & Blue Birds & The Gala Sun   Some things, niño, some things are like this, That instantly and in themselves are gay And you and I are such things, O most miserable…   For a moment they are gay and are a part Of an element, the exactest element for us, In which we pronounce joy like a word of our own.   It is there, being imperfect, and with these things And erudite in happiness, with nothing learned, That we are joyously ourselves and we think   Without the labor of thought, in that element, And we feel, in a way apart, for a moment, as if There was a bright scienza outside of ourselves,   A gaiety that is being, not merely knowing, The will to be and to be total in belief, Provoking a laughter, an agreement, by surprise.

Thank you for reading poems with us this month. As a farewell, a piece by Wallace Stevens. Until we meet again, we hope you find yourself surrounded by his “gaiety that is being, not merely knowing,” and plenty of good verse.
          - The Knopf Poetry Team

Of Bright & Blue Birds & The Gala Sun
 
Some things, niño, some things are like this,
That instantly and in themselves are gay
And you and I are such things, O most miserable…
 
For a moment they are gay and are a part
Of an element, the exactest element for us,
In which we pronounce joy like a word of our own.
 
It is there, being imperfect, and with these things
And erudite in happiness, with nothing learned,
That we are joyously ourselves and we think
 
Without the labor of thought, in that element,
And we feel, in a way apart, for a moment, as if
There was a bright scienza outside of ourselves,
 
A gaiety that is being, not merely knowing,
The will to be and to be total in belief,
Provoking a laughter, an agreement, by surprise.

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