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What makes you feel alive? What wakes you up, reminds you to be fully present in this complicated and amazing world? Poetry, like psychology, is an art of the mind and heart with the power of vitality. Both poetry and psychology offer what Robert Frost called “a momentary stay against confusion,” a form against formlessness, a salvation against despair. Poetry and psychology are creations that claim a stake in the world through word. Osip Mandelstam said, “The word is flesh and bread, the word hovers freely, like a soul around a body that has been abandoned by not forgotten.” Look away from the poem. Look away from the flower. What blooms?One of America’s greatest poets, Adrienne Rich, posed this question in her poem “Twenty-one Love Poems.”
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What kind of beast would turn its life into words?
What atonement is this about?
One of America’s greatest poets, Adrienne Rich, posed this question in her poem “Twenty-one Love Poems.”
I fear this silence
this inarticulate life
The quest to create, to form a world in words, drives both poetry and psychology. Like psychology, poetry asks language to invoke change, to press against the unknown and assumed to release new perception, new awareness.
William Butler Yeats wrote:
The friends that have it I do wrong
When ever I remake a song,
Should know what issue is at stake:
It is myself that I remake.