- People of Sensibility
People of sensibilitylike to admire a painting or somepossession, but a different mindwill linger over the bluish feathersticking out of the shot glasssomeone set on the windowsillausterely, or even the little chipof a plate found in the flower bed,or watching someone fall asleep.Most time goes by this way, with somethingseemingly trivial happening.Who broke the plate? That's one question.Who threw it in the flower bed?Who is that sleeping with the bookhalf cradled in her hands? Who broughtthe chip from the plate back in the house?No telling what kind of book she's reading,but the title has an L in itbetween her fingers on the spine,a capital L is sitting thereimportantly. The feather has alsomade an impression, but the decisionto leave it barely noticeable,not centered in the window butat the edge, is the sort of thing someonewould say is beautiful. [End Page 22]
Maurice Manning's most recent poetry collections are One Man's Dark and The Gone and the Going Away. A former Guggenheim fellow, Manning has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and is a member of The Fellowship of Southern Writers. He teaches at Transylvania University and in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.