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.

From Issue 4.2 of Conversations Journal we present Poetry and the Art of Presence.

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.

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