Lumpy pudding

Judging a poem is like judging a pudding or a machine. One demands that it work. Poetry succeeds because all or most of what is said or implied is relevant; what is irrelevant has been excluded, like lumps from pudding and 'bugs' from machinery. (Wimsatt & Beardsley)

Here we celebrate the excluded, lumpy parts of the pudding!

Aug 23, 2009 9:58pm
Carmel Point by Robinson Jeffers The extraordinary patience of things!This beautiful place defaced with a crop of surburban houses-How beautiful when we first beheld it,Unbroken field of poppy and lupin walled with clean cliffs;No intrusion but two or three horses pasturing,Or a few milch cows rubbing their flanks on the outcrop rockheads-Now the spoiler has come: does it care?Not faintly. It has all time. It knows the people are a tideThat swells and in time will ebb, and allTheir works dissolve. Meanwhile the image of the pristine beautyLives in the very grain of the granite,Safe as the endless ocean that climbs our cliff. -As for us:We must uncenter our minds from ourselves;We must unhumanize our views a little, and become confidentAs the rock and ocean that we were made from.
Portrait of Jeffers by Edward Weston

Carmel Point by Robinson Jeffers


The extraordinary patience of things!
This beautiful place defaced with a crop of surburban houses-
How beautiful when we first beheld it,
Unbroken field of poppy and lupin walled with clean cliffs;
No intrusion but two or three horses pasturing,
Or a few milch cows rubbing their flanks on the outcrop rockheads-
Now the spoiler has come: does it care?
Not faintly. It has all time. It knows the people are a tide
That swells and in time will ebb, and all
Their works dissolve. Meanwhile the image of the pristine beauty
Lives in the very grain of the granite,
Safe as the endless ocean that climbs our cliff. -As for us:
We must uncenter our minds from ourselves;
We must unhumanize our views a little, and become confident
As the rock and ocean that we were made from.

Portrait of Jeffers by Edward Weston

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