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June 07, 2010


Eric H Janzen

Thanks Wayne...always nice to hear that someone enjoyed something you've written.
Funny thing too is that I just recently was told about Girard and mimetics after telling someone else about the poem...guess I should maybe check it out.


Wayne Northey

Thanks, Eric. Your poem captures well the tragedy of "desire" turned inward. An outstanding book, with chapter 2 teasing out the dynamics of desire in Genesis is: "The Genesis of Desire" by Jean-Michel Oughourlian (Michigan State University Press). He has been impacted by the work of René Girard on understandings of mimetic desire. His book offers compassion and explanation, above all hope, for relationships broken by the ravages of desire.

In this context we (must) learn to confess: "As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God... (Psalm 42:1)". Gerald May says in "Addiction and Grace" that God is the only non-addictive "entity" in the universe. Hence Jesus' supplying the two greatest commands as our ticket to salvation/freedom.

Thanks again. Wayne

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