Thanks for a wonderfully rich interview with Marie Howe. Your conversation about the necessity of being present to the "this" brought back to mind a wonderful passage in Thomas Merton's classic "No Man is an Island," in the chapter called "Conscience, Freedom and Prayer." On pp. 34-35, he has a wonderful passage about the spiritually formative power of contemplating beauty, and how this is why art--visual, poetic, or musical-- is so necessary for us.
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