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The Power of Poetry
In a recent BBC2 documentary on W. H. Auden and ‘The Age of Anxiety’, Poet Paul Muldoon reflected that Auden’s work reveals the ‘fragility’ of human societies, indeed of what we think of as ‘civilisation’. It was this insight that struck me as one of the reasons for the intensely therapeutic nature of poetry, both reading and writing it. For if poetry and poets help us understand the human condition and our own experience in the world, or as Muldoon has it, in the ‘moments’ in which we find ourselves, then it can help us to fully engage with the world, with our lives and with our authentic selves.
To do this, I am convinced we need to work with all shades of existence, including, as Jung maintained, the realm of shadow. For again it was Jung’s contention that denial of the shadow gives it tremendous destructive…
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Any contribution is welcome. All the proceeds will go towards paying the legal fees for this court challenge.
The need to upgrade the road between Derry and Belfast is not in question. It is much needed and it is long overdue. While an alternative exists which is to route the road through a brown field site of a disused aerodrome, isn’t that the right thing to do? Wouldn’t that be win-win for all of us, and for the generations to come, so that the pristine landscape remains, the birds’ habitat is uncontested and road users get what they need.
We have a collective responsibility both to future generations and the international community for the land and the literature of this inspiring habitat. Let’s do the right thing,
Source: “found poem” by C. Murray
narcissus not step twice into, not step back from stream. its nets are storm blackened, narcissus’ flower is a cut out. it has shut in the cold, skeining back into the bud. echo and, outbreath he skeins back his thread the blind buds are always. step (not-step) back then. step (not-step) back then, back from the black river nets.
narcissus was first published in the Spring 2017 issue of Compose Journal
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