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CLEAR MIND WILD HEART:
Finding Courage and Clarity Through Poetry

Throughout the ages, the language of poetry has held a special power to lend us courage, to give us the vision of those who endured and to hazard ourselves boldly in the world we must inhabit. Great poetry tells us that the stakes in life are very high and that failure is possible, yet it does not treat living as a burden. Its insights and imagery can take us beyond the perimeter we have made for ourselves, calling us to look life in the eyes, enlarge ourselves, and become a participating element in our own future. Once we establish ourselves at this conversational frontier, we find ourselves living amidst revelation, the recipients of visible and invisible help we could not previously recognize. Poetry tells us we can be found by a greater world.