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A Poem for Our Time

Yesterday, as I paged through a nice collection of Mary Oliver’s poetry, Devotions, I found a poem, published in 2008, that characterizes the state of our nation and our world better than countless learned articles that attempt to explain us … Continue reading

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What Rough Beast?

I posted William Butler Yeats’ best known poem, The Second Coming five years ago. Its time has come round again. Yeats (1865-1939), one of our greatest English language poets, had an abiding interest in the mythology and folklore of his native … Continue reading

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A change coming

I’ve been enjoying the recording of a discussion at a conference with James Hillman and Michael Meade on literal, psychological, and mythological modes of understanding. Hillman, a former director of the Jung Institute in Switzerland, has been the most prolific and influential … Continue reading

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Notes from 2017 – A New Year

At midnight tonight, something changes – in our minds, and nowhere else. It’s like a graffiti artist once wrote on a step of the local library: “Time does not exist, only clocks exist.” That could be a Buddhist aphorism, like … Continue reading

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Notes from 2017 – William Stafford

Some poems are prophetic, though readers and the poet alike discover this only after the passage of time. William Stafford (1914-1993) wrote poems like this. Of his process, he said, “It’s like fishing,” and “A writer is not so much … Continue reading

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Irreplaceable

Ring the bells that still can ring Forget your perfect offering There is a crack in everything That’s how the light gets in. – from “Anthem” by Leonard Cohen Those who know Leonard Cohen’s poetry, music, novels, and songs, know … Continue reading

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The 10,000 Idiots

Hafiz or Hafez was a great 14th century Persian poet and mystic whose dates are given as approximately 1325-1389. During his life, he is said to have composed 5,000 poems of the seeker’s longing for union with the divine. Unfortunately, … Continue reading

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Getting rid of those pesky memories

In my previous post, I wrote of advances in the field of virtual reality, and posted a video clip that brought to mind the dystopian landscape of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New Word (1932).  Huxley imagined life in “The World State” … Continue reading

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