Prophetic Voice Now

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  • Title: Prophetic Voice Now: Crafting Space for Visionary Thinking and Practice
  • Author(s): Richard Murphy
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: New Directions in the Humanities
  • Keywords: Poetry, contingency, fragile absolute, modernism, postmodern, Plato’s cave, imagination
  • Date: May 26, 2020
  • ISBN (hbk): 978-1-86335-193-5
  • ISBN (pbk): 978-1-86335-194-2
  • ISBN (pdf): 978-1-86335-195-9
  • DOI:
  • Citation: Murphy, Richard. 2020. Prophetic Voice Now: Crafting Space for Visionary Thinking and Practice. Champaign, IL: Common Ground Research Networks. doi:10.18848/978-1-86335-195-9/CGP.
  • Extent: 121 pages

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In Prophetic Voice Now: Crafting Space for Visionary Thinking and Practice, Rich Murphy dives deeply into a robust analysis of the state of poetry, the arts by implication, and culture in the United States. Written over the course of twenty years, Rich Murphy explores and interrogates prevailing understandings of poetics, culture, and prophetic voice in poetry. Moreover, he calls for prophetic voices to propose a new narrative for stabilizing global culture and explores how poetry, as well as the arts and humanities generally, might craft a narrative that will lead us from the current brink and navigate the interrelated transitions of the Anthropocene, post-industrial Capitalism, and post-humanism. Through a careful and inventive analysis of current norms and assumptions about education, the individual, creativity, voice, and space, Murphy develops a compelling prescription for the vital and necessary expression of visionary thinking and practice.