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Hill is the author of a poetry collection, has published widely in literary journals, and is an editor for a university publications department. In the following essay, Hill suggests that Harjo's poem stops short of describing a totally pantheistic view of the universe, leaving room for theism and even atheism.

Not everyone who claims to follow the tenets of pantheism would describe the principles of this "religion" in the same way. Not all of them would even call it a religion. In general, however, pantheism holds that the universe is the ultimate reality and the ultimate object of reverence, as opposed to the belief in a personal God found in most traditional theistic religions. As such, the universe represents a unity of all things - a totality of which everything in nature is an inseparable part, including human beings. Most pantheists do not consider themselves either theists or...

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