“Like the other poets in this series, Jalal al-Din Rumi and Gwendolyn Brooks, Rilke in his writings does not dwell on the word compassion per se. He strives to embody it…” –Aberjhani … More Poetic Traditions of Compassion and Creative Maladjustment (part 4): Rainer Maria Rilke
Welcome to the third segment of Poetic Traditions of Compassion and Creative Maladjustment: June 7, 2017, marked the centennial of the birth of Gwendolyn Brooks, (she died December 2000), who in 1950 became the first African American–and at the time the youngest American–to win a Pulitzer Prize for poetry. Her literary career spanned the latter … More Poetic Traditions of Compassion and Creative Maladjustment (Part 3): Gwendolyn Brooks
Consider that members of various “demographic groups” in different nations have begun to assert claims to political power at the same time that unavoidable historical population shifts are already in progress. Nearly everyone recognizes the need for greater social harmony as these shifts progress, yet many insist on touting reactionary measures steeped in xenophobia, military coercion, and denial of documented research as the best hopes for achieving stability. … More Part 1: Introduction to Poetic Traditions of Compassion and Creative Maladjustment
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