Not That Michael Collins

Poet, Teacher, Website Owner

The new Grist is out!

I'm very proud and excited to be in one of my favorite journals for the second year in a row.  You can purchase one here:

Check out the online companion to the new issue while you're on the website!

Saturday Soul Quote

"The soul might be imagined as an inverted funnel.  At the narrow end noticeable to us, its field is small and its focus limited.  It is so subtle and hidden that some of us do not discover it at all, and hence do not find the doorway into the soul of the world.  But those who are receptive and persistent discover soul as a dimension of their lives, as that part of us that searches for meaning, seeks love and communion, uses myth and personification to comprehend the world, and yearns for connection with eternity and death.  Then we find that the soul, which we thought was unique to us, is outside human boundaries and a dimension of all existence.  The more we move toward it, the more soul opens up and widens out, until, at its base, soul encompasses all beings, including those who are dead as well as those who are living.  It is an ancestral psychic field, which, as we move into it, departs from the human toward the world, including those things we perceive to be inanimate.  The deeper we search the wider it becomes, until we realize that soul is identical with everything that has been and everything that will be.  It is a world without end."

-- David Tacey, The Darkening Spirit

This Week In People Who Are Smarter Than Me

“Thoroughly unprepared, we take the step into the afternoon of life. Worse still, we take this step with the false presupposition that our truths and our ideals will serve us as hitherto. But we cannot live the afternoon of life according to the program of life’s morning, for what was great in the morning will be little at evening and what in the morning was true, at evening will have become a lie.”

-- Jung

Copyright 2015 by Michael P. Collins