Poetry and the Kenotic Word
Word into Flesh/ Flesh into Word: The Making of an Incarnational Textuality
1. “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us …”
In his remarkable trilogy on theology, literature, and the arts – The Sacred Desert, The Sacred Body, and The Sacred Community (published 2004–2012) – David Jasper, radical theologian and Anglican priest, often turns to the text of the Prologue to the Gospel of St. John in what could be described as a decade-long meditation on the theme of “dwelling poetically”. In the second volume, he beautifully articulates what it might mean for us to live in such a way, drawing connections between the provisional nature of the meaning of “dwelt” in John 1:14 (“to dwell is drawn from desert wandering, for it is literally, in the Greek, to ‘tabernacle’ or ‘tent’ – an ever-present being that is permanent and yet shifting” [xiii]) and Martin Heidegger’s conception of “poetic dwelling”. To dwell poetically is
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