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Memo to the Lighthouse Fundraising Committee

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Poetry: one of the oldest journals in the country from whom we steal our raison d'etre.

My new strategy is this: channel our inner Christian Wiman (inspiration for this diatribe a couple years back by yours truly), who wrote such a moving letter for Poetry’s “subscribe now” campaign that I nearly choked on my morning coffee.  “Dear Reader,” he wrote: 

These days it can seem that life consists mostly of being overwhelmed by life. The whirlwind of information, the economic shocks, the constant pressures on our time and minds–amid all this, it can become easy to ignore the call of our inner lives; so easy, in fact, that we hardly notice when that call goes quiet. The paradox is that when you stop engaging with your deepest being, you stop fully engaging with the world.

Poetry can be an antitode to this. It can cut through all the distraction and busyness, can help you seize your life and be more completely in it. Indeed, with its compression, concision, and intensity, poetry may be one of the best tonics for our times.

–from Christian Wiman’s “subscribe to Poetry” letter.

What he said! That’s the same thing with Lighthouse. (Check your mailboxes soon for our “What He Said” campaign.)Only I guess we have to come up with our own language for it. The transformative act of writing: one of the best tonics for our times!

–aed

5 comments on “Memo to the Lighthouse Fundraising Committee

  1. Amanda
    November 6, 2009

    Here here!

  2. Amanda
    November 6, 2009

    Ah, jeez:

    “…Hear, hear is an expression used as a short repeated form of hear ye and hear him. It represents a listener’s agreement with the point being made by a speaker.

    It was originally an imperative for directing attention to speakers, and has since been used, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, as ‘the regular form of cheering in the House of Commons’, with many purposes depending on the intonation of its user. It is often incorrectly spelled ‘here here’, especially on websites.”

  3. andreadupree
    November 6, 2009

    Ha! Unless, of course, you’re trying to answer the question: “Where? Where?” Which is a legitimate question. Here here is totally “where.”

    Thanks, Rea. Will the learning ever cease?

  4. gary s
    November 8, 2009

    It’s funny (ha, ha) that when I hit on the “Christian Whitman” tab (I didn’t recognize his name), at the bottom was a tab to his poem, “Five Houses Down,” and I pulled it up and I distinctly remembered it from first reading- a wonderful poem. A guy to watch.
    thanks.

  5. andreadupree
    November 9, 2009

    Shoot, did I say Whitman? I meant Wiman…

    Yes, it’s not just the marketing letters. His essays are exquisite, too.

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