Tag Archives: Transformation

“To look closely with the attention of questioning changes everything.”

“It is,” Jane Hirshfield writes in this collection of essays about poetry, “if undertaken fully, revolutionary.”  More stimulating than a triple-shot of espresso, these essays show what can happen when a great poet sets out to describe how poetry is … Continue reading

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“What do these extraordinary lines summon in you?”

The premise of Ten Poems to Change Your Life by Roger Housden is this: great poems can be dangerous. They can make you question your assumptions, change your direction, and find the courage to start over. I believe that reading … Continue reading

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“Terror and beauty are woven into the fringes of things both great and small.”

Surely the first test of  wonderful writing is whether it can recaptivate the reader who returns a second, third, or fourth time.  Annie Dillard’s essay “Seeing” passes that test. For her, seeing leads to understanding, which can then lead to transformation.  Her closing lines describe being moved … Continue reading

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