POEM: It Is Enough to Enter


A quiet poem of spiritual reassurance, Todd's "It Is Enough to Enter" was selected by editor Jack Miles to open The Norton Anthology of World Religions, in the setup to his introductory essay, "How to Read This Book."

It Is Enough to Enter


the templar

halls of museums, for

example, or

the chambers of churches,

and admire

no more than the beauty

there, or remember

only 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.



"It Is Enough to Enter" opens Todd's second collection, Pitch (2012, W. W. Norton & Co), now available in paperback. Order it wherever you buy your books.

Todd is grateful to the following for support of his work: Forecast Public Art, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, The Metropolitan Regional Arts Council of/and The Minnesota State Arts Board, The National Endowment for the Arts, The San Francisco Arts Commission, and the Warhol Foundation, as well as individual commissions and supporters on Patreon

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