It Is Enough to Enter

By Todd Boss Todd Boss Read the Q & A
the templar
halls of museums, for

example, or
the chambers of churches,

and admire
no more than the beauty

there, or
remember the graveness

of stone, or
whatever. You don’t

have to do any
better. You don’t have to

understand
the liturgy or know history

to feel holy
in a gallery or presbytery.

It is enough
to have come just so far.

You need
not be opened any more

than does
a door, standing ajar.

Source: Poetry (April 2010).

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This poem originally appeared in the April 2010 issue of Poetry magazine

April 2010
 Todd  Boss

Biography

Poet Todd Boss grew up on a cattle farm in Wisconsin, and was educated at St. Olaf College and the University of Alaska Anchorage, where he received an MFA. Boss’s pared-down, idea-driven poems are propelled by internal rhyme and balance clarity with a nuanced attention to sound. “I think of poems as pieces of music, or a work of architecture,” he told the Utne Reader in 2009. “The poem is a space that you’re inviting someone . . .

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Poem Categorization

SUBJECT Religion, Faith & Doubt, God & the Divine, Arts & Sciences, Architecture & Design

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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