Tikkun: to heal, repair, and transform the world. The magazine’s title, the meaning of that word, announces its mission, its obligation. The world, it’s said, was created by ten utterances. How could they not have been poetry? Poetic utterance, inherently creative, is our common source of origin. Repair and transformation not only take place in poems, but they take place in ourselves when we read them, when we say them. We could put it more accurately: when poetry takes place, it creates place, something like a dwelling place, for mind and heart. Our everyday language is very poor, it barely gets the job done; poetry transforms such language, giving itself transforming powers, which are transitive.

Poetry, of course, cannot change us unless we allow it to, unless we open ourselves to it; but it can catch us off guard. The sounds of...

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