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"Dancing on the edge of death" ?

Although I too am a recovering Southern Baptist (who found a way back after 20 years away), the aspect of the show that resonated most for me was not Wiman's return to church so much as his reflections on how he felt about poetry and how what he needed from it changed as he experienced nearness to death. When he was speaking of wanting concrete poetry that evoked the real world in all its materiality, I found myself thinking of Mary Oliver's poetry, and reflecting that that is one of the things I like about it: that it draws me out of my cognitive stew back into the present moment in the physical world and all its beauty ... and pain.