16 March 2010

The critical shift for the poet

In the March/April "Books and Culture," in a interview with poet Charles Wright, the interviewer, David Skeel, leads a question with this quote from Mark Stand: "The point of truth comes when a poet goes from writing private poems in a public language to writing public poems in a private language."

The emotional life of Jesus

I'm beginning to think that we find Jesus' emotional life recorded not in the gospels, but in the Psalms. More and more I am convinced that Jesus, when he read them, found himself there, and that we might look there as well to see what he found. Take this, for example,from Psalm 119:

Lord, you are just
and your judgements are right.
You have made your decrees with justice
and absolute truth.
I am consumed by zeal
because my enemies have forgotten your words.
Your promises have been tested in the fire,
and your servant delights in them.
I am not yet strong, no-one respects me,
but I have not forgotten your precepts.
Your justice is justice forever,
and your law is truth.
Trouble and suffering are my lot,
but your commandments are my delight.
Your decrees are righteous for ever.
Give me understanding, and I shall live.