Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Let’s explore some of the ways that poems can engage the challenges, complexities and often concealed joys of aging, our lives of “quiet desperation” with their inevitable “failures.” Poems show us ways to pay attention rather than awfulize about whatever is to come, to have compassion for our often-anxious selves.
We can think of them as parallel scriptures that enhance our lives and help us to live in contradiction, to be what Charlotte Joko Beck calls “a bigger container.” Paul Knitter writes of “a paradigm of becoming;” Huston Smith of “the kind of person we should try to become.”
We’ll hear poems from a number of traditions, write together, raise any and all questions, and look for ways (to borrow from Rilke) to live those questions. We are a water invited to be wine by a grace that we can scarcely dream to imagine (but poems can help).
COST: $35.00, includes light breakfast
Two of Michael Dennis Browne’s collections of poetry have won the Minnesota Book Award for poetry. As a librettist and lyricist he has written many texts for music, working for almost four decades with composer Stephen Paulus (To Be Certain of the Dawn, a post-Holocaust oratorio) and now Craig Hella Johnson (Considering Matthew Shepard). Professor emeritus at the University of Minnesota, his most recent collection of poetry is Chimes.
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