About Ivan Granger:
Ivan M. Granger is a poet and modern mystic. He is the founder and editor of the Poetry Chaikhana, an online resource for the exploration of sacred poetry from the world’s great spiritual traditions. His poetry and translations have been published in Real Thirst: Poetry of the Spiritual Journey (Poetry Chaikhana), For Lovers of God Everywhere: Poems of Christian Mystics (Hay House, ed. Roger Housden), and (Outskirts Press, ed. Betsy Small). He is the editor of The Longing in Between: Poetry from Around the World (Poetry Chaikhana). Mr. Granger lives in Colorado.
“Poetry has an immediate effect on the mind. The simple act of reading poetry alters thought patterns and the shuttle of the breath. Poetry induces trance. Its words are chant. Its rhythms are drumbeats. Its images become the icons of the inner eye. Poetry is more than a description of the sacred experience; it carries the experience itself.”
Ivan Granger’s paper for Real Myth and Mithril: Delving into Fantasy Literature is titled “The Cauldron of Inspiration: Bards, Wizards, and the Elixir of Poetry.”
Wizards and magic are mainstays of modern fantasy fiction. But when we search for the real wizards of the ancient world, we find instead poets, musicians, storytellers. Why were the bards revered as seers and sorcerers in their day? Let’s journey through heroic tales and poems of power as we explore the deeper mysteries of magic, enchantment, and inspiration…