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Pilgrim at Tinker Creek Essay | Critical Essay #6

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Critical Essay #6

A central concern of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek is the articulation of a ceremonial response to "terror and a beauty insoluble." One of my concerns in the preceding sections has been to provide a context for the articulation of that response, to place it as a naturalized postmodernist theology, the point of which is to preserve openness to contradiction and difference, a place in which the Other can be recognized, truly seen, and in which one can, in the presence of this world, this creek, awaken. "We wake, if we ever wake at all, to mystery, rumors of death, beauty, violence." It is in this context that we can understand the radicalness of Annie Dillard's use of ceremony and ritual.

As a touchstone for this understanding I look at another contemporary account of ceremony, that which emerges in an interview with the West Coast poet, Gary Snyder:


[INTERVIEWER...

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