Monday, December 17, 2007

Thought for the Day

The awareness in the poet's work of the soul need not be announced by the use of that word. What I look for is a sense of a larger perspective, an awareness of how spirit informs each aspect of our lives. To be serious about spirit means the hard work of locating spirit in a time and a place. It means the hard work of coming to terms with many concepts and qualities––good and evil, profanity, divinity, sin, eternity, humility, salvation, karma, corruption, bliss, enlightenment, desire, despair, temptation––that have lost their currency in an era which swears allegiance to objective explanations (even if it fails, as it must, to live by those explanations). It means the hard work of indicating the accuracy of the frameworks of existing religions and the urgency of emerging religious notions.

-Baron Wormser, "Soul Music: Religion and Poetry," in Conversant Essays: Contemporary Poets on Poetry, James McCorkle, Ed., (Wayne State University Press, 1990).


I watched movies and slept and cooked and went to see Santa this weekend. My apologies this morning to my friends in West Virginia--my law school alma mater has stolen two coaches in a row from WVU.

Sorry about that.



Blogger Brian Campbell said...

If you feel you've got to use the word "soul" in your poem, you may not have one -- or, to be more charitable, perhaps that's the very thing your poem lacks!

Yes, it's the hardest thing to evoke these "concepts and qualities" without naming them -- but that's the poet's work.

11:14 PM  
Blogger Andrew Shields said...

You've got a poem up on Verse Daily today (Tuesday, Dec. 18), "Blackbirds" from "Figured Dark," and it's a lovely one, but isn't there a typo? "Heating" should surely be "heading."

3:49 AM  
Blogger Kevin said...


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