'Tools of the Sacred, Techniques of the Secular:
Awakening, Epiphany, Apocalypse and Doubt in
Contemporary English-Language Verse'
Université Libre de Bruxelles
First Call for Papers
(Brussels, 4 to 7 May 2010)
As a medium reaching far back into past millennia, poetry not only has its roots in music, dance, and the organic rhythms of the breath, but also in ritual, liturgy, healing and the sacred. From its inception, poetry has indeed been deeply intertwined with the religious—i.e. with that which, in the etymological sense of 'religare,' yokes different dimensions to one another and ties back the visible to the invisible, the 'relative' to the 'absolute.'