Poets and Monks

Poets and monks do have a communal role in American culture, which alternately ignores, romanticizes, and despises them.  In our relentlessly utilitarian society, structuring a life around writing is as crazy as structuring a life around prayer, yet that is what writers and monks do.  Deep down, people seem glad to know that monks are praying, that poets are writing poems.

– Kathleen Norris

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