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Poetry as Scripture for the Areligious

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For many of us, religious liturgy provides the words we need for life’s major milestones. But what if you don’t ascribe to any particular religion? In her uplifting new book, The Wonder Paradox: Embracing the Weirdness of Existence and the Poetry of Our Lives (Bookshop|Amazon), historian and poet Jennifer Michael Hecht suggests turning to poetry. The book features many poems and poetic styles, such as Chinese classical poetry and the Arabic ghazal, and a short poem by Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe that will take your breath away. This is part of a complete episode.

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