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The Anthropology of Magical Forms

The Anthropology of Magical Forms

I want to discover the magical links Before they appear Though to be honest I’d much Rather actually see them Than invent them whole-cloth or whole-sale Wouldn’t it be great if that were to happen? Hallucinate my way into poetic fusions Instead of just writing them? Instead of twisting myself Into pretzels alchemically With nonsense salt On top Or on the plate? This is what it all comes down to For poets seers prophets and Kitchen repairmen Who turn the…

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The Reversal

The Reversal

 Yesterday I talked about the story of Adam and Eve in terms of metaphor. The metaphor of leaving the garden of blissful ignorance to become fully human. Today, I’m thinking about how much we’re drawn back to the idea of that blissful ignorance, from West to East, from ancient to modern beings. Many of us, whether or not we subscribe to any sacred text, organized religion, or group of religious beliefs, still find ourselves drawn to the idea of becoming…

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Rilke: The Panther and the Writing Table

Rilke: The Panther and the Writing Table

Rainer Maria Rilke was a sublime poet, one of the greatest lyric poets of the 20th century, and quite possibly a lousy human being. His Duino Elegies and Sonnets to Orpheus rank among the finest works of art in any language, taking us softly, profoundly to the nexus between life and death, pain and redemption, mourning and new hope. Through his poetry and other writings, he conveyed a level of empathy and understanding toward women that may surpass any poet…

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