I don't know about you, but to me there is something deeply satisfying in the knowledge that the universe appears to be the result of an imbalance. Those old Navajo weavers were exactly right to put a flaw intentionally into their perfect rugs; the Japanese idea of wabi sabi captures this notion aesthetically, that a slight asymmetry makes for the greatest beauty.

Author: jd

Joseph Duemer is Professor of Literature Emeritus at Clarkson University in northern New York state. His most recent book of poems is Magical Thinking from Ohio State University Press. Since the mid-1990s he has spent a good deal of time in Vietnam, mostly Hanoi. He lives with his wife Carole & five terriers (four Jack Russells & one Patterdale) on the stony bank of the Raquette River in South Colton.

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  1. just one year ago some friends from denmark where i lived in the late 1960’s were revisiting san francisco. the husband jouko marcussen is finnish from birth and he came to make a trip to najavo land because the dna of these “native americans” is identical to finns, someother scandinavians, hungarians, some mongolian peoples. and it is now said that the navajos came to north america from the west as the europeans came from the east.
    do you know anything about that? edward mycue

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