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Poetic Thinking is a network of courses centered around the human aptitude to approach life and the worlds we inhabit poetically–in manners of writing, speaking, and artistic creation that are not governed by systematic reasoning. Poetic Thinking is about considering how poetic works across media raise personal, communal, ethical, and political dilemmas. Studying mythological, religious, literary, cinematic and virtual (web-based) works, we ask how poetic works think through or permit us to deliberate with others about how to live our lives by employing various rhetorical strategies and creating complex symbolic systems. Considering how a variety of thinkers, writers, and artists approach such notions as “orientation” or “pilgrimage,” we will also examine how they contemplate, poetically, what love, war, death, and life itself may mean.