Theopoetics: Mysticism and Poetry

Friday, December 18, 2020 - 12:01

The book is organized by Maria Clara Bingemer and Alex Villas Boas in partnership with CITER and ALALITE - Latin American Association of Literature and Theology - as a result of the VII International Congress of Literature and Theology that was held at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC Rio), from 25 to 27 September 2018. On the occasion, several members of CITER were present, namely Cardinal Dom José Tolentino, José Rui Teixeira, José Pedro Angélico, Henrique Manuel Pereira, in addition to the organizers who at that moment were of the ALALITE´s international presidency. Theopoetics: Mysticism and Poetry evokes this exercise of producing the paradox in which the impossible is possible in language. This ability to poetically enable the understanding of what is called the divine Word, is only viable, whether as a poet or as a mystic, when provided by its bearer as an inspired word. However, to evoke Michel de Certeau, poetry as a discursive practice is also related to a social practice, which has two functions: ethics and criticism. Ethics represents as social practice what poetics represents as discursive practice, namely an opening space that is authorized by the established order of reality, a seed of possibility in the cracks in the walls of impossibility, which creates bridges to hope. This statement of the apparently impossible unfolds potentially and fruitfully in culture. It is not result of mere contestation, but an emergence of the impossible that inhabits the desire.  Uneasily arises as an inevitable confession, an alternative model of intelligibility arising from the poetic logic of mystics.

The book can be ordered here.

Theopoetics: Mysticism and Poetry