John Updike’s Seven Stanzas at Easter

Anyone who runs a Web site can tell you that part of the job is pushing things that you think people will want to see toward the top of the site. But sometimes, browsing the data on which pages people are visiting most frequently, you realize that you’ve fallen asleep on the job.

This morning I learned that people are accessing John Updike’s wonderful poem Seven Stanzas at Easter at a surprising rate, despite the fact that we’ve made no effort–this year–to let them know that it was there.

So, let me tell you, belatedly: that you can find the poem, which is a stirring defense of the notion of a physical resurrection, in the Easter and Holy Week section of our spirituality site.

An excerpt:

Let us not mock God with metaphor,

analogy, sidestepping transcendence;

making of the event a parable, a sign painted in the

faded credulity of earlier ages:

let us walk through the door.

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