Daniel Nester on “Desiderata”

Desiderata_coverYou’ve almost definite heard of the ubiquitous feel-good poem “Desiderata.” Professor Daniel Nester has just been published on the Poetry Foundation’s website, in search of the origins of this famous poem.

He writes,

You remember “Desiderata.” Maybe you heard its sweet strains on the radio. Or you recall key phrases—“you are a child of the universe” or “be gentle with yourself.” Chances are you have an aunt who hung a plaque of the poem set in calligraphy, its first words, “Go placidly,” standing out in decorated capitals. Or maybe we’re just talking about my aunt.

Check out the rest of the essay on the Poetry Foundation, and if you would like to hear him speak on the subject of “Desiderata,” go to Opalka Gallery tonight, October 16th, at 6:30 p.m. Opalka is located at 140 New Scotland Avenue.

No matter what you do, go placidly.

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