Private Belief vs. Public Art


For The Millions, Nick Ripatrazone explores Eyewear Publishing’s new anthology, The Poet’s Quest for God, and explains why poets “need God”:

How do we discern a writer’s religious beliefs? When does the private belief inform the public art? When it comes to political views of writers, we prod and we conjecture with pleasure. When it comes to religious beliefs, many critics throw up their hands — particularly in our current century. Yet Stevens, and so many other poets, need God. I do not say this to evangelize. Poets seek God because they seek truth through language. They are artificers in search of one who came before them.

Jake Slovis earned his MFA in Writing from Rutgers University, where he now teaches English Composition. He is a second-generation Argentine American and has spent significant time living and writing in Buenos Aires. He currently resides in Brooklyn. More from this author →