Les Murray – First Essay on Interest

The great Australian poet Les Murray came and spoke to the Center for the Study of Literature, Theology and the Arts @ University of Glasgow, Scotland some years back and I have been thinking about his poem “First Essay on Interest” as it relates to the challenge of postmodern theory and continental thought in relation to the de-centering center of faith:

Interest…that blinks our interests out
and alone permits their survival, by relieving
us of their gravity, for a timeless moment;
that centres where it points, and points to centring,
that centres us where it points, and reflects our centre.

It is a form of love. The everyday shines through it
and patches of time. But it does not mingle with these…

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