Season 3, Episode 8: Poet Ben Myers Believes in Re-Incarnation

In this week’s episode of The Habit Podcast, I talk with Benjamin P. Myers, former Poet Laureate of Oklahoma and author of A Poetics of Orthodoxy: Christian Truth as Aesthetic Foundationand Black Sunday.

In A Poetics of Orthodoxy, poet Ben Myers makes the case that Christian orthodoxy provides a “reality-based way of knowing what kinds of poetry, what poetic characteristics, most resonate with true human experience.” Poetry, he argues, is a kind of re-incarnation (not THAT kind of reincarnation), and so works against the disembodying tendencies of the digital age. 

In A Poetics of Orthodoxy, poet Ben Myers makes the case that Christian orthodoxy provides a “reality-based way of knowing what kinds of poetry, what poetic characteristics, most resonate with true human experience.” Poetry, he argues, is a kind of re-incarnation (not THAT kind of reincarnation), and so works against the disembodying tendencies of the digital age. 

Special Episode of The Habit Podcast: Writing Psalms of Lament

A couple of weeks ago, theologian, seminary professor, and author David O. Taylor proposed a special episode of The Habit Podcast devoted to the writing of psalms of lament.  He wrote,

I was thinking of ways that this year’s Lent might be experienced more deeply for folks in my own community in light of all the sorrow and loss that people have experienced over the past year… There’s something uniquely beneficial to crafting our own lament psalms in order to help us to become more vulnerably present to God.

I thought a more practical, hands-on episode of The Habit Podcast was a great idea. David has developed writing workshop for his students at Fuller Seminary and for church groups in which he walks participants through the process of writing psalms of lament.

In this week’s episode of The Habit Podcast, David gives an overview of this workshop and challenges listeners to write their own psalms of lament and to share them with others.

I have made a page of resources that includes David Taylor’s worksheet to help walk you through the process, an excerpt on the Psalms of Lament from David’s latest book, Open and Unafraid: The Psalms as a Guide to Life, and a link to a guest sub-forum within the Habit forums whereby writers can share their psalms. I hope you’ll share yours.

S3: Ep5: Tish Harrison Warren Isn’t Afraid to Be Vulnerable

Tish Harrison Warren’s new book is Prayer in the Night: For Those Who Work or Watch or Weep.

In this week’s episode of The Habit Podcast, I speak with Tish Harrison Warren about the difference between true human vulnerability and the “curated” vulnerability of Instagram, writing as an inescapable encounter with one’s own weakness, and the under-appreciated gift of receiving well-placed criticism.

S3: Ep4: Lisa Deam Invites You on a Pilgrimage

Lisa Deam is an art historian and the author of 3,000 Miles to Jesus: Pilgrimage as a Way of Life for Spiritual Seekers. (She also blogs at The Contemplative Writer.)

In this week’s episode, Lisa and I discuss the process of writing as a pilgrimage, the human desire to leave signposts for those who come after us, the infamous “long middle” of the writing journey, and the instructive power of inefficiency.

S2: Ep51: Renee Mathis Teaches Writing to Writing Teachers

Renee Mathis was (is?) a Jeopardy! champion. But that’s not why I had her on The Habit Podcast. I had her on the podcast to talk about her many years’ experience teaching writing and mentoring writers through the CiRCE Institute’s apprenticeship program.

We discussed her philosophy on mentoring teachers, the teaching methods used by Jesus, rhetoric as the pursuit of truth in community, and the still-relevant application of Aristotle’s principles of rhetoric.

S2: Ep50: Reagan Dregge Writes Letters

It’s the season for writing Christmas letters. This week on The Habit Podcast, I speak with letter-writer and Habit-member Reagan Dregge.

We discuss the art of physical letter-writing, the personal attention it involves from sender to recipient, and the inherent embodiment that comes with putting pen to paper.

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