1. “Is it lack of imagination that makes us come / to imagined places, not just stay at home? / Or could Pascal have been not entirely right / about just sitting quietly in one’s room?”
Oh. Hi, Ms. Bishop. I was wondering who would start. I’m a bit of a homebody, so I sit quietly in my room quite a bit, but that has nothing to do with avoiding misfortune. I’m just comfortable being alone with myself. My imagination has a lot of frequent flyer miles, though. You’d be surprised how many parallel universes can co-exist inside one’s head.
But as to your question of travel, you who were always in search of a place to call home and feel it, I have imagined places before I’ve seen them in the flesh, and my memory of the places I’ve visited in the world is often richer than the first time I wandered through.