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Imagining the Real: Poetry, Story, Myth

Language: Issue Four

Poiesis delights and entertains us. A novel, a play, a myth retold, even a song: true art is never mere entertainment. In wonder, the poet receives the world for what it is: a theophany—and then, with wit and imagination, “fashions a world in the word,” inviting the reader to see with new eyes. Thus, literature becomes an education in humanity; myth a call to conversion; theatre the embodied expression of a people’s voice; and poetry an invitation to see past the mundane. And it is not only what we say that evokes the greatest wonder; the fact of language itself is the mystery, the very condition of our receiving the world.

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