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Sunday, every Sunday, let's have a community picnic. It's probably been a long week, and it's lovely to have a few minutes to sit back and relax and enjoy some good conversation in a less formal space. Feel free to bring something for the Picnic Basket - a poem you liked this week, a thought you had or something you experienced, or even something completely unrelated to poetry whatsoever that you just feel like sharing. Just take a moment to say hello, and maybe have a bite to eat; no one is going anywhere fast, and the shade promises some relief from the everyday heat. Let’s get to know each other a bit better, here under the branches of the poet’s tree.

Re: weekly roundup thread - general poetry news

Date: 2015-03-08 08:50 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jjhunter
Via Studio360, Mike Doughty's "Revelation: A Rock Opera". The evocative intro has been haunting me ever since.
John, who is purported to be the Revelator, begins the Book of John with the single most psychedelic statement in the New Testament: 'In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.' As if God was Himself, but God was also standing beside Himself, and the substance of God is language.

To believe in the Big Bang is to believe that there was a moment in which everything was contained in a single point, and the universe has been expanding outward from the single point ever since. Maybe John believed we have been ever expanding from an incomprehensibly dense nucleus of language, the Word, the single and singular Word. Maybe to speak of the Bible as the Word of God is not to say something so simplistic as that scripture is infallible. It is to say that the very language of the Bible, the essence that lurks in the ink, is the actual and real body of God.

Re: weekly roundup thread - general poetry news

Date: 2015-03-09 01:11 am (UTC)
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Oooh -- really enjoyed a Doughty gig in Nashville about (gulp) twelve years ago -- will have to check this out. Thanks for bringing it to the picnic!

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