Poetry and prayer

Both poetry and prayer have the ability to move the imagination into a meditative space. Poetry, like prayer, can alter our perceptions, deepen our appreciation of the commonplace, and collapse the distance between everyday life and a more numinous experience. Prayer, like poetry, is a deeply imaginal experience that opens us to mystery, to the ineffable by allowing us a deeper felt sense of the created world.

Wengen, Switzerland: Stars shine above the mountains Eiger, Moench and Jungfrau
Photograph: Alessandro Della Bella/EPA

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