We don’t look to poems for factual truths. Poetry is truest when it attends to something beyond facts: the education of our emotions... Poetry between the Lines of Cold River
The story of invisibility. Thoughts, feelings, personalities, psyches, morals, minds, souls: The world is held together by what we cannot see... At Large Invisible Stories
The hero’s journey is so pervasive in storytelling because it is so aspirational. It offers the possibility of escape and transformation.
The 2014 movie Heaven Is for Real, about a young boy who told his parents he had visited heaven while he was having emergency surgery, grossed a respectable $91 million in the United States. The book it was based on, published in 2010, has sold some 10 million copies and spent 206 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list. Two recent books by doctors—Proof of Heaven, by Eben Alexander, who writes about a near-death experience he had while in a week-long coma brought on by meningitis, and To Heaven and Back, by Mary C. Neal, who had her NDE while submerged in a river after a kayaking accident—have spent 94 and 36 weeks, respectively, on the list. (The subject of The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven, published in 2010, recently admitted that he made it all up.)