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Poetry rises up in human societies when official words fail us and we lose sight of how to find our way back to one another. It has moved to the heart of what we offer on the radio and in podcasts, in digital spaces, and in gatherings.

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Meet Pádraig Ó Tuama: poet, theologian, conflict mediator — and host of The On Being Project’s new podcast, Poetry Unbound. Those who have listened to Pádraig’s two On Being interviews (the first in 2017 and second alongside poet Marilyn Nelson in 2018) may know him…
When the peacebuilder John Paul Lederach reflected on his work with communities across the globe, he said one question sat at the heart of his work: “Where did we nourish and foster the creative imagination that permits you to bring into the world something that does not now exist? That’s the…
https://onbeing.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Loitering-for-CD.mp3   I’m sitting at a café in Detroit where in the door window is the sign with the commands NO SOLICITING NO LOITERING stacked like an anvil. I have a fiscal relationship with this establishment, which I developed by buying a coffee, and which makes…