‘I contracted myself to words’: Geoffrey Hartman’s luminous poetry

What happened on the eighth day of creation after God's long day of rest on the seventh? According to poet Geoffrey Hartman, God remembered all those things he forgot to make during the first week: On the eighth day God saw what he had not created. And it was good. And he blessed it saying: … Continue reading ‘I contracted myself to words’: Geoffrey Hartman’s luminous poetry

‘When a warrior is gone’… Seamus Heaney

Ah God, I thought we'd have Seamus Heaney for at least a few more years. The wispy white-haired Irish laureate died in Dublin today, at the age of 74, according to various media reports, and there are no words to properly express what he contributed to poetry and language during his immense career. He was … Continue reading ‘When a warrior is gone’… Seamus Heaney

Into the mystic … with Merton

Years ago I met spirituality author Matthew Fox after the publication of his book "One River, Many Wells," and the title of that book has stuck with me ever since. One river, many wells: a great description of the reality of God. Another metaphor is: Imagine that God is the sun, shining on an apartment … Continue reading Into the mystic … with Merton