To celebrate Image’s twenty-fifth anniversary we are posting a series of essays by people who have encountered our programs over the years. Read the earlier installments: Stumbling into the Waterfall, Henri Nouwen, Reaching Out, The Notecards of Paradise, and 18 Years of Glen Workshops.
Once I eavesdropped on a conversation in the graduate student lounge. A couple of my MFA peers here at the University of Minnesota were discussing a project they were going to call the Post-human Anthology. A snippet of their editorial statement: “We are simply and passionately trying to assemble a constellation of visionary contemporary poetry that challenges humanism by reaching into the volatile beyonds of post-humanism.”
This is today’s avant-garde: A rational materialism so strict that it has moved beyond any distinction between human beings and animals.
Two hours later, off campus, I was with a group of friends that not only believes in the atavistic ideas of the soul and human exceptionalism, but in fact believes that we have been made in the image of a loving, omnipotent God.
Thus swings the intellectual schedule of an evangelical Texan writer.