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In the third chapter of Thomas Merton on the Vocation of Writing, 'On Poetry', Merton describes the need for Christian poets to have both writing skills and a contemplative orientation. Such contemplation is illustrated by what pastor Eugene Peterson calls the 'middle voice', synthesising personal initiative and receptivity to the divine. Merton also describes the nature of poetry and its dependence on and renewal of meaningful symbols.
Josh Seligman is the founding editor of Foreshadow and co-host of its podcast, Forecast.