Poet’s Corner

Poet’s Corner is our new column devoted to poetry; a point of refuge in the online world where those who believe in the transformative power of language  can come for contemplation and renewal. In pondering a name for this column, we remembered Poets’ Corner at Westminster Abbey, and, in NYC, St. John of the Divine Cathedral’s American Poets Corner. These sacred spaces in the physical world offer a palpable retreat from the bustle of the everyday; they are places where silence and only the most luminous and considered of words hold sway. We are drawn to this connection because we believe poetry can be a kind of sacred vocation as well as a contemplative encounter.

Poet’s Corner

Preserving the Arts and Humanities Means Protecting the Best in Us All

“{The national} 2021 budget calls for $30 million to close out the National Endowment for the Arts and $33.4 million to shutter the National Endowment for…

On Beauty, Attention, and the Sacred

  Beauty is an achieved state of both deep attention and self-forgetting; the self forgetting of seeing, hearing, smelling or touching that erases our separation, our…

Lost & Found: Bringing Lost Work to New Life

In terms of a magickal working — an inner visioning process, this is the portion of the work that involves cleaning up loose ends — +…

The Space Between: On Turning to the Poetry of Jane Hirshfield

Some stories last many centuries, others only a moment. All alter over that lifetime like beach-glass, grow distant and more beautiful with salt. Yet even today,…

Standing in Light

How do you like to go up in a swing, Up in the air so blue? Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing Ever a…

On This Ship, You’ll Fly

What shall I give my children? who are poor, Who are adjudged the leastwise of the land, Who are my sweetest lepers, who demand No velvet…

Engaging the World

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.      Since we began Engaging…

Open Mind, Open Heart

Every day we’re overwhelmed by too much stimuli and by the knowledge of terrible things — from daily gun violence, to climate change, to the most…

What We Bring to Bear

Winters in Seattle aren’t my best time any year, and lately this one has felt grim. Rain, of course, short flat cold days, and we’ve had…

Trying to Listen, Learning to Speak

If someone listens, deeply, you’ve been heard, which helps you absorb it, and you can lay it at the feet of the right god. — Anne…