poetry has never fully disengaged itself from its associations with shamanism

… poetry has never fully disengaged itself from its associations with shamanism; the poet,  like the shaman,  has mastered certain techniques – rhythmic, performative,  imagistic,  metaphoric – that summon the unconscious part of the mind, so that,  in this dreamlike state between waking and sleeping,  we  may discover more about our thoughts and feelings than we would otherwise be able to do.

 

Alfred Corn “The Poem’s Heartbeat”

 

 

 

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One thought on “poetry has never fully disengaged itself from its associations with shamanism

  1. Theatre at it’s best does this and storytelling. All invoking spirit, essence, and buried treasures.

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