Nov 4 “The Poetry List’s 2013 Mission Statement”

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.

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“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

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