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One of my all-time favorite poets agrees with me that poetry needs to be heard.
“…poetry is the darling child of speech. …it must be spoken: till it is spoken it is not performed, it does not perform, it is not itself.” Gerard Manley Hopkins
I’m doing my part by making recordings of my poems available here.
Meanwhile, it would be so great if, during National Poetry Month, you would take a poem and read it aloud. Any poem! I firmly believe that, unless we recover a taste for poetry, an ear for poetic speech, a soul in-formed by poems, we will greatly lack capacity for Christ. The Eucharist will be the same yesterday, today, and forever, but we must cultivate capacity to receive it.
Enter, poetry. Poems are one expression of poesis – the making of form, the realizing of ideas. Poems are one form that word takes when someone is trying to communicate more than words can say. As such, they have the potential of preparing our hearts to receive the meaning that lies within forms, within words, within the Eucharist and the Word of God.
My offer still stands: up to ten free copies of A Destiny to Burn for those who will give them away during National Poetry Month. Every day should be ‘poetry day’ for Christians, but while the world still has a poetry month, shouldn’t we people of the Word be its most enthusiastic supporters? In the month to come, I’ll be giving away volumes of poetry by Pavel Chichikov, Ruth Asch, Christopher Kelder, Malcolm Guite, Kathryn Mulderink, and other living Catholic poets, and subscriptions to some magazines that publish contemporary Catholic poetry. Will you help promote my promotion??
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