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by David Whyte

It doesn’t interest me if there is one God

or many gods.

I want to know if you belong or feel


if you can know despair or see it in others,

I want to know

if you are prepared to live in the world

with its harsh need

to change you. If you can look back

with firm eyes,

saying this is where I stand. I want to know if you know

how to melt into that fierce heat of living,

falling toward

the center of your longing. I want to know

if you are willing

to live, day by day, with the consequence of love

and the bitter

unwanted passion of your sure defeat.

I have heard, in that fierce embrace, even

the gods speak of God.

from River Flow: New & Selected Poems 


February 26, 2017

A video of archival images that features Langston Hughes reading “I, Too”

February 19, 2017

Listen to Amanda Palmer’s amazing reading of “Protest” here:

February 12, 2017

February 5, 2017

Lesson Plan from Read Write Think


January 28, 2017

The Gates of Hope

By Victoria Safford

Our mission is to plant ourselves at the gates of Hope — not the prudent gates of Optimism, which are somewhat narrower; nor the stalwart, boring gates of Common Sense; nor the strident gates of Self-Righteousness, which creak on shrill and angry hinges (people cannot hear us there; they cannot pass through); nor the cheerful, flimsy garden gate of “Everything is gonna be all right.” But a different, sometimes lonely place, the place of truth-telling, about your own soul first of all and its condition, the place of resistance and defiance, the piece of ground from which you see the world both as it is and as it could be, as it will be; the place from which you glimpse not only struggle, but joy in the struggle. And we stand there, beckoning and calling, telling people what we are seeing, asking people what they see.

h/t Maria Popova/Brainpickings

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Via poets.org






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