I found this article really interesting, a reflection on the nature of poetry and how Arthur’s latest collection Sight Lines works and how it finds Buddhist subjects such as interdependence. Good stuff.
The confluence of poetry and spirituality has to me always been fascinating. You can cite the great Sufi poets such as Rumi, Hakim Sanai, and Attar, who create words that speak to our imagination as well as triggering something deep inside. But you could argue that the Tao Te Ching is also poetry. And then there are Sosan’s Verses on the Faith Mind, which are also very beautiful.
But is beauty what we should look for? Poetry can beguile the mind, and you can mistake beauty for truth, because it speaks to you. That is the danger, where in fact a combination of beauty and truth can inspire as well as educate.