In West African thought, beauty surpasses the principles of symmetry and perspective and instead goes deep into the balance of being itself.
Billy Collins – The Dead
Billy Collins runs with the folkloric notion that the dead are watching us and pushes the image all the way to a reverie of the departed 'rowing themselves slowly through eternity' in glass-bottomed boats.
Dilruba Ahmed – Phase One
Dilruba Ahmed's poem invokes forgiveness of ourselves and others like a cleansing rain 'relieved of cruelty and petty meanness.'
Simone Weil – The Infinite in an Instant
Simone Weil lauds 'unmixed attention', which she likens to prayer, and reflects on the quality of attention, expressed as 'patience, effort and method' to 'understand with our whole self the truths which are evident.'