For many poets, believers and nonbelievers alike, it is possible to talk about the religious imagination they bring to apprehending reality and describing the world. Welsh Anglican priest and poet R.S. Thomas, for example, was one of the greatest poets of the absence of God.
At the memorial for the American dead of Vietnam, writes Lorrie Goldensohn, we meet as a community and are made to see that "we are always at one with the living and the dead."
An unstated Easter hope for eternal life runs through writer John Updike's work, from his famous early poem "Seven Stanzas at Easter" to "Endpoint," his final collection of poetry, published just a few months after his death.
A new biography of this Christ-haunted Victorian poet and Jesuit priest explores his relationship with the priesthood and explains the theological impulses that give his poems their meaning.
Walt Whitman believed himself a prophet and regarded Leaves of Grass as scripture. So did his many disciples.
Christmas, more than any other holiday in the Christian calendar, seems to spark the poetic impulse -- an impulse that began, as the Episcopal priest, professor, and poet Chad Walsh remarked some years ago, with the heavenly host and their proclamation: "Glory to God in the highest, And on earth, peace, good will to men."
Mattie Stepanek is the brilliant, wheelchair-bound Maryland boy with muscular dystrophy who has become a best-selling inspirational poet. Both he and his mother, Jeni Stepanek, suffer from rare but different forms of the disease. Exactly one year ago, Mattie almost died. But — strongly supported by his mother, who is also in a wheelchair — Mattie outlived all expectations and, not yet a teenager, he has become an amazingly mature public speaker and authority on life at the edge of death. More