The Institute invites you to look at poetry through the eyes of Emily...
Emily Isaacson is a postmodern poet who employs verse
to transcend the measure of the ordinary for the life of the spiritual and
divine. Her love poems are modeled after some of the epic works of early writers
and her purity of heart belays an even deeper sentiment than love, but that of
the serenity of covenant, and of the severity in a contest of wills between the
earthly and the celestial. Her interior model draws us deeper into the pursuit
of the extraordinary life as her relationship with her Creator in prayer boldly
colors her world.
An artist transforms the burden of their solitude into
art, and so Emily does in poetry. Her accounts of nature, cultivation,
childhood, and transcendence in her book House of Rain are joyful and riveting.
Here her syllabic and often rhyming poems communicate a line structure and rhyme
scheme, with most stanzas boasting a length of a predictable six line or seven
line structure. The naturalist and the philosopher converse back and forth using
the natural world as medium. Their relationship provides the
intimate foundation for their insights and experiences of humanity and its
habitat throughout the poetry. Her daily work to create a poem with rhyming or
syllabic content show her bent toward classical form and literature, with a
thesis of verse.
Emily Isaacson is an incredibly strong-willed woman and poet,
dedicated to her cause, and gifted in rallying others to change in the areas of
literature, art and medicine. She poignantly appoints her gifts as modern
contemplatives to a nation in need of reviving. They together assure
that love is the common force of humanity, and imply that change and renaissance
must begin within the human spirit. The nature of uprising in search of freedom
of democracy should not stem from anarchy of the soul but from the desire for
the spiritual life: peace and peace at all costs.
passion for both myth, art, and liturgy have produced poetry with spectacular
bent toward cultivating wisdom in the hearts of youth, producing the mind of
contemplation, and the giftings of compassion and empathy. Her training in
restorative justice and non-violence have led her to deeply consider and value
the words of each person that shares with her, particularly in the exercise of
the circle, circle keeping, and the “talking piece” which gives the bearer
permission to speak. It is with this permission that she shares her poetry,
deeply heartfelt and telling of a spiritual journey she has embarked upon
without fear of the unknown.
Emily’s journey into the Divine is marked by her
use of words, and lack of words where no words are possible. In this she
achieves silence throughout, the ability to quiet the soul in anticipation to
receive from a higher source. Where we are in need of someone to take us by the
hand into the realm of understanding, this she does with mirror-like tranquility
and a serenity purchased from nature at great cost. Her praise and painting of
the natural world vow a deep solitude found only where modern society has left
no footprint. She reverts to the postmodern understanding of life through
characterization and a humble relinquishment of convenience for a deeper glance
and resonant line from the one whose approval she seeks most. Emily is most in
her genre when composing for an audience of one, and thus she pleases the
Emily approaches the field of literature from
the perspective of botanist, scientist and artist, in fact photographer. Her
captures portray the species of the human race in its most natural surroundings.
Her understanding of behavior and emotion stem from her studies in nutrition and psychology, and she rises above the rest with her characterizations of the
indominable human spirit amid adversity and persecution. She is a martyr’s
dream, with the portrayal of life’s greatest reward for those who are most
hard-pressed and overcome.
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