When he was asked to summarize his philosophy, Plato reportedly said: "Practice dying," which seems a rather strange, even morbid, comment until one realizes that every life consists of passages, some smooth and some not. Within these passages are what John Morgan calls "thin places." On a trip to Wales, Morgan discovered that the term "thin places" is part of Celtic culture. Thin places are those places where the eternal and the temporal touch, if only for a brief glimpse; where you know that life is more than just the obvious. Thin places can be of great beauty, where life's meaning breaks through by the ocean or in the mountains; but thin places can also arise in the life of every person, whether with the birth of a child or the death of a family member. John Morgan believes that being fully awake to such times and places holds a clue to living more deeply and with greater wisdom about what's really important. His poems express this understanding.
John C. Morgan
John C. Morgan is an adjunct professor of humanities at Reading Area Community College, a diverse inner-city college in Reading, Pennsylvania, where he teaches courses in ethics and philosophy. He is a regular columnist for two Pennsylvania newspapers and the author of many books, the most recent of which is In the Shadow of Grace (2007).