Category Archives: On Writing

I Really Do

I once entered a poem in a contest and received in reply (a contest that actually gave feedback!) the comment “Don’t use made-up words.” Well, that was, I thought, the point of poetry—to explore beyond the boundaries of our ordinary … Continue reading

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Faith and Poetry

Poetry arises where language meets mystery. With that beginning, my poet-friend Michael Beadle and I presented two evenings at our Methodist church on “Faith and Poetry.” In doing so, we were swimming in a rising river of interest in this … Continue reading

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Two Experiences of Words

Twice a week this summer I go to our nearby community center to read to three children as part of their summer enrichment program. All are from Hispanic families. Their English is good enough that I can’t tell how they … Continue reading

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Singing the Words

For many of us, the source and power of poetry lies in its oral performance. It is first of all an oral and auditory medium. Indeed, this power of the spoken word is recognized in our major religious traditions. The … Continue reading

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