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Walking with Ruskin
Poems
Robert Cording



Notable Voices

Cavankerry
2010 • 116 pp. 6 x 9 1/4"
Poetry

$16.00 Paperback, 978-1-933880-21-1



Walking with Ruskin looks at the difficulty of perception, of just how hard it is to simply “see” without asserting our own self-importance, self-needs, and self-justifications

In his poem, “The Marriage of Heaven and Hell,” William Blake hypothesized that "If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.” Of course, Blake’s “doors of perception” are both hard to clean and even harder to keep clean. For John Ruskin, the famous 19th century art and social critic, seeing demanded a scientist’s respect for fact, but also a love for what was being seen. These poems ask us to attend, with devotion and care, to a world which will always remain a mystery, but a mystery in which love calls us to the things of this world where we may become most fully human.

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ROBERT CORDING is the Barrett Professor of creative writing at Holy Cross College; he has published five collections of poems.



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