Poetry, like meditation, has long been a means for exploring the highest and deepest realities of life. Some poets have been particularly tuned in to the nirvana that all the great sages have spoken of — not just as a hopeful belief or a pleasant idea, but a living experience. They come both from the West (like Blake, Dickinson, Whitman, or Hopkins) and from the East (Rumi, Kabir, Basho).
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"If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry."
– Emily Dickinson