Willing to Take the Time and to Be Confused

I'm not sure if David Orr is talking about poetry here or mindfulness — or life. It's from a conversation with Jim Flemming (To the Best of Our Knowledge, July 2011).

"I think that all that people really need to know is that it's okay to be confused and to have whatever response you have...One of the things that you find the more you read poetry is that your taste changes over time...there are people you respond to differently at different times in your life. One of the most valuable things you have as a reader is your individual response...If you're willing to take the time and you're willing to accept the fact that you're going to be confused and things are going to seem strange or unpleasant, eventually it can be a really rewarding art form — one of the most rewarding art forms — if not the most rewarding art form."

See also: "How to Read Poetry Today," by David Kirby, The New York Times, April 8, 2011