“Poetry is the gift of priestly attention”

“Poetry is the gift of priestly attention.”

– Richard Holloway, Doubts and Loves: What Is Left of Christianity, 2nd ed (Edinburgh: Canongate Books Ltd, 2001; 2005), p.241

Flicking back through my previous blog posts I found my preamble to an essay I wrote for my English Literature A Level, where I concluded: What is great poetry? I’d say that great poetry is a stream of consciousness, a flow of life, a message that was written from the expression of a soul perhaps to another’s soul or simply to oneself, words that pinpoint an important moment in existence. Great poetry is beautiful. Great poetry creates connections… it creates Mystery…

This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people… go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul; and your very flesh shall be a great poem…

– Walt Whitman, from the preface to Leaves of Grass 1855

For the love of everyone… can we all just get along and love each other… Life is too short to hide it… if music doesn’t speak call me a liar

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2 Responses to “Poetry is the gift of priestly attention”

  1. enitsirk24 says:

    My favorite: “a message that was written from the expression of a soul perhaps to another’s soul or simply to oneself, words that pinpoint an important moment in existence”

  2. love Walt Whitman’s advice

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