Tag Archives: greatness

Soul ballast and the companions I seek

We need ballast for our souls, moral weight that will stabilize us in the raging political storm. Poetry, as are all the arts, is the main part of that ballast for me. “When power leads man toward arrogance,” President John Kennedy said in 1963 at the groundbreaking for the Robert Frost Library at Amherst College, […]

On greatness

Pope Julius II chose this day in 1512 to display Michelangelo’s paintings on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel for the first time. “We cannot know what a human being can achieve,” Goethe wrote, “until we have seen [the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel].” Calling Michelangelo’s work great is inadequate praise. Words don’t suffice; mute awe […]