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JM in Scotland

Poems, mostly my own (I’m James Munro), and some original translations; articles on my favourite poets; and occasional posts on various matters which, like poetry, are intuitive and esoteric – think mysticism and the occult, our religious impulses before they became – or become – institutionalised. I am at present working on a collection of poems based on the Tarot, so I do mean the mystical and the occult, yes. 

But let me sum this up with a few lines from two of my favourite poets and mystics. First, William Blake:


To see a World in a Grain of Sand.
And Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of you hand,
And Eternity in an hour.

And Emily Bronte – the writer who of all writers I would most like to meet and talk to, get to know, even perhaps become her friend:


No coward soul is mine,
No trembler in the world’s storm-troubled sphere:
I see Heaven’s glories shine,
And faith shines equal, arming me from fear … more

But I am also a philosopher, specialising in the Philosophy of Religion (What, for instance, does the word Faith as used by Emily Brontë signify and imply in this context?) and from time to time I will publish my thoughts on topics as diverse as Dualism (theistic, ontological and moral), Time, and Life After Death – with the occasional excursus into Ethics and Political Philosophy.

À propos, here’s something to think about:

not a belief


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