Katherine Towler | The Sun Magazine

Katherine Towler

Katherine Towler is the author of the novels Snow Island and Evening Ferry (both MacAdam/Cage). She lives in New Hampshire.

— From August 2005
The Sun Interview

The Saint, The Murderer, All Of It

Li-Young Lee’s Poetry Of Reconciliation

I believe the only possible ethical consciousness is one that accounts for the whole human being, that doesn’t leave any of it out — and this is precisely what poetry can achieve. On a social scale, this would be a government that accounts for all of its population — the poor, the rich, women, men, children, old people, black, white. Poetry is a way to integrate all of who we are: the saint, the murderer, all of it. By this, I don’t mean to suggest that we give the murderer free rein, but we have to account for that aspect of human psychology and understand it, not just push it aside.

August 2005
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