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December 2, 2019 at 1:43 pm #42524
Andrew named a lot of poets in chapter 12, commanded us to immediately read Billy Collins’ “Revenant,” and then called out George Herbert for making “a room full of bearded Nashville dudes cry” with his poem “Love (III).” So we may as well read them!
“Revenant”: Andrew talks about the effect this poem had on the room when he heard it recited, and handily, the best source I could find online was Billy reading it to a room. Watch & listen here.
“Love (III)” Read here.
Bonus: Here’s the interview where Richard Wilbur says “the world is fundamentally a great wonder.”
Now, when you have read one or more of these things, what thoughts do you have?
December 3, 2019 at 2:13 pm #42569
“Love (III)” I am pursued and pursued and pursued. And it is the character of my pursuer that compels Him. Nothing have I but tremendous need for forgiveness and grace, which He offers in Himself.
His pursuing love reminds me of the character of Martha Elizabeth in Wendell Berry’s short story “Pray Without Ceasing” as she lovingly, graciously pursues her father, Thad Coulter, after he had shot his friend
“He saw his guilt. He had killed his friend. He had done what he couldn’t undo; he had destroyed what he couldn’t make. But in the same moment he saw his guilt included in love that stood as near him as Martha Elizabeth and at that moment wore her flesh.”
And that is something else about this poem that may have helped unarm these bearded men in Nashville and beyond; the humility of the writer of the poem as shown in confession. And I think it is this honest humility that gives the Lord such cause to pursue. Remember, He resists the proud but gives grace tot he humble. It makes me think of David in Psalm 32 “I acknowledged my sin to You…and You forgave the iniquity of my sin.”