Conversations 4.2: Poetry and the Art of Presence
In this 2006 article, composer and pianist Dana Cunningham invites readers into the silence and spaciousness of poetry. Reading poetry in a contemplative manner, with awareness of God, may increase both our compassion and our contentment.
It is as if silence, which implies listening, and poetry participate in a mutual reciprocity, each feeding the other. A quiet and clear mind receives those spare words that reveal truth, and a hush comes over us as a poem leads us into a new way of seeing.