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A meme from Pris Campbell: “Give us at least 10 quotations pertaining to poetry – from 10 different writers &/or poets which best coincide with your philosophy vis a vis ars poetica. They can be posthumous or otherwise. The order is not important – unless it is to you.”

If the number ten is too daunting, go for less.

Here are mine:

“If you do not believe in poetry, you cannot write it.” Wallace Stevens

 

Poetry often enters through the window of irrelevance.” M. C. Richards

“All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling.” Oscar Wilde

 

“Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.” T. S. Eliot

 

“The poet doesn’t invent. He listens.” Jean Cocteau

 

“When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.” John F. Kennedy

 

Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history.” Plato, Ion

 

Poetry is the breath and finer spirit of all knowledge.” William Wordsworth

 

Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.” Novalis

 

“You will find poetry no where unless you bring some of it with you.” Joseph Joubert

I’m tagging Collin Kelley, Kirby Olson, Sherry Chandler, Jenni Russell, and anyone else who wants to be tagged.

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Jesus, the Blessed One, mourns. Jesus mourns when his friend Lazarus dies (see John 11:33-36); he mourns when he overlooks the city of Jerusalem, soon to be destroyed (see Luke 19:41-44). Jesus mourns over all losses and devastations that fill the human heart with pain. He grieves with those who grieve and sheds tears with those who cry.

The violence, greed, lust, and so many other evils that have distorted the face of the earth and its people causes the Beloved Son of God to mourn. We too have to mourn if we hope to experience God’s consolation.

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