Poetry—Something We Share

Writing for the Christian Science periodicals, whether in poetry or prose, is a sharing and loving activity. Its purpose is to feed and nourish, enlighten and protect. The monthly and weekly magazines launched by Mary Baker Eddy are thus described in her writings: "The first was The Christian Science Journal, designed to put on record the divine Science of Truth; the second I entitled Sentinel, intended to hold guard over Truth, Life, and Love." The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 353;

From the start, quality was called for in these periodicals, and it is today. Quality is emphasized in writing and in editing, in stock and in printing, in format. The poems, as well as the prose, are effective when they are spiritually motivated and well constructed. But there is something demanded of them beyond what is expected of verse in purely literary magazines. Their purpose is to heal.

February 16, 1974

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