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League of Inveterate Poets

The out-of-context contextuality of a foolish sage

What Is an Inveterate Poet?

| August 11, 2010

I am. You are, if you are human (and I very much assume you are!). This blog (originally titled Sacred Journey) has been The League of Inveterate Poets for over a year now. I thought it was about time to revisit the origin and meaning of that strange name. It comes from an essay by […]

Only Birth Can Conquer Death

| July 2, 2010

“…schism in the soul, schism in the body social, will not be resolved by any scheme of return to the good old days (archaism), or by programs guaranteed to render an ideal projected future (futurism), or even by the most realistic, hardheaded work to weld together again the deteriorating elements. Only birth can conquer death—the […]

N. T. Wright: Art Is the Highway to the Center of Reality

| July 1, 2010

“The arts are not the pretty but irrelevant bits around the border of reality. They are highways into the center of a reality which cannot be glimpsed, let alone grasped, any other way. The present world is good, but broken and in any case incomplete; art of all kinds enables us to understand that paradox […]

Love and Hate: Joseph Campbell’s Dramatic Divorce

| June 29, 2010

“And there takes place, then, that dramatic divorce of the two principles of love and hate which the pages of history so beautifully illustrate. Instead of clearing his own heart the zealot tries to clear the world. The laws of the City of God are applied only to his in-group (tribe, church, nation, class, or […]

If Not Now, When?

| June 4, 2010

If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am not for others, what am I? And if not now, when? Rabbi Hillel

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