Recapitulation/anaphora in poetry practice...

The idea of "recapitulation" (perhaps more appropriately called "anaphora") in poetry is a technique that involves intentionally reusing - purposefully returning to - an idea, a phrase, or a theme in our writing. In my time, I've read some powerful poems that took me by the hand, showed me something beautiful, and then showed me that very same thing AGAIN, later on in the poem, for greater emphasis. There always seems to be a sense of some greater purpose when a poet returns to her favorite motif, almost as if to say: "Look a little closer here."

We've all heard the phrase "art imitates life." But what about "life imitates art"? What about both? At what point are life, art, and Spirit inseparable? And how can we express this in our writing? How can we open ourselves to the mystery and majesty of the cosmos in such a way that our poetry reflects this sacred recapitulation of patterns that we see all throughout the Universe? These are some of the questions that we are asking on the path of ecstatic poetry.

So take a look at this video and see if you can find the poetry. It's everywhere, all around us, all throughout the natural world. Look a little closer here...