Many members of the Work Day/Hard Times Poetry List have emailed this morning; they remind me, as do the 4 poems we’ve prepared for tonight’s class session (on the teachings of Catherine McAuley and St. Ignatius on prayer) – – remind me of the List’s mission statement that I wrote in 2013. That 2013 Mission Statement — written during Detroit’s bankruptcy troubles and before those hard times had turned toward hope. We have posted hundreds of strong poems over these years.
Today’s 4 poems (which we prepared for our online class today) read with such an apt presence for these Election Day tensions that I decided to post them, not only for the online students but also for the c. 2600 readers to whom we dedicate each poem over these many years.
Have a blest day; best to read the mission statement out loud, as if it were itself a strong poem. Today’s four poems fit the mission statement, spot on.
john st sj
“The Guest House” – Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī (جلالالدین محمد رومی)
“Being Catholic” – Maria Ibarra
“The Well of Grief” – David Whyte
“the Mineshaft of passion” – Denise Levertov