Tuesday, May 21, 2013

News at Eleven: [Christian Wiman] describes a real poem

as having "singular music and lightning insight," while a living God "is not outside of reality but in it, though in ways it takes patience and imagination to perceive."

This is why, he writes later, "poetry is so powerful, and so integral to any unified spiritual life: it preserves both aspects of spiritual experience, because to name is to praise and lose in one instant. So many ways of saying God." There's that paradox again, something you'll find in poetry and in the Christian mystics.

from The Wichita Eagle: In poetry and faith, life matters


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