Poets in the Well

Poets in the Well

A Meditation on “Untitled 47” (“Where are the poems I want to write?”)
by Conrad Martin

Notice sometime our fraught relationship with language. Life has pressing mysteries, and words brush past them, sometimes soothing, sometimes rubbing. Expression is our compulsion, but any hope of completing the project is doomed, if not damned. Continue reading . . . “Poets in the Well”

Edify

Edify

by Conrad Martin
“Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy. For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to people but to God. Indeed, no one understands them; they utter mysteries by the Spirit. But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort. Anyone who speaks in a tongue edifies themselves, but the one who prophesies edifies the church. I would like every one of you to speak in tongues, but I would rather have you prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets, so that the church may be edified.” (1 Corinthians 14:1-5, NIV)

Poets seem quite comfortable with the inexplicable. On the Curator, the word “mystery” appears baldly on every third page, and furtively on half the rest. Continue reading . . . “Edify”

Becoming a Musical Fool

Becoming a Musical Fool

Music in Langston Hughes’s “The Weary Blues”

by Lynn Michael Martin

The study of art today connects our era to almost every other civilization which has left any kind of record. Thus, by study of the arts, and specifically literature, the art world strives to create a binding force which celebrates inclusivity and diversity. Continue reading . . . “Becoming a Musical Fool”

The Vale of Soul Making

The Vale of Soul Making

Self-Definition as Creative Participation and Response
by Obi Martin

The general predicament in which humanity finds itself is accepting and living well within the sorrows and limits of temporospatial reality. By “reality” I mean something that is synonymous with “life” in its common usage: Continue reading . . . “The Vale of Soul Making”