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Poet Joy Harjo’s Reflections on Science and Meaning in Response to an Astronomer’s Otherworldly Photographs of Earth – Brain Pickings

Secrets from the Center of the World: Poet Joy Harjo’s Reflections on Science and Meaning in Response to an Astronomer’s Otherworldly Photographs of Earth

“Place and a mind may interpenetrate till the nature of both is altered,” the trailblazing Scottish mountaineer and poet Nan Shepherd wrote into the void of self-elected obscurity decades before her work was posthumously rediscovered as a rare masterpiece of landscape poetics irradiated by the human search for meaning. A generation later, another trailblazing woman…

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Statue of poet Philip Larkin is placed on council’s secret racism review list

The poet, who died in 1985, was honoured with a posthumous statue at Hull Paragon Interchange railway station in 2010

The poet, who died in 1985, was honoured with a posthumous statue at Hull Paragon Interchange railway station in 2010 Philip Larkin has been included on a ‘secret list’ of ‘major statues of concern’ over comments he made in private letters published years after his death. The poet, who died in 1985, was honoured with…

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Poet and Philosopher George Santayana on the Formation and Confirmation of Our Standards and Sensibilities – Brain Pickings

Why We Like What We Like: Poet and Philosopher George Santayana on the Formation and Confirmation of Our Standards and Sensibilities

In the 1850s, Emily Dickinson’s passionate first love shaped her uncommon body of work for a lifetime to come, shaped the spare and searing poems that would go on animating lives for generations to come. In the 1950s, Rai Weiss fell in love with a pianist, fell in love with his lover’s passion for music,…

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Poet and Philosopher David Whyte’s Stunning Meditation on Walking into the Questions of Our Becoming – Brain Pickings

Sometimes: Poet and Philosopher David Whyte’s Stunning Meditation on Walking into the Questions of Our Becoming

An invitation into the transcendent disquietude of those stirrings “that can make or unmake a life,” “that have no right to go away.” By Maria Popova The role of the artist, James Baldwin believed, is “to make you realize the doom and glory of knowing who you are and what you are.” This, too, is…

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