Wisdom for Going Deep: A Harvest of Poems that Change your Life

“Maybe there’s a land where you have to sing to explain anything.” William Stafford

This day features a deep reading of the “late poems” of key modern poets, writings that often have a depth and urgency not found in their earlier work. We will linger with a sampling of such poems, savoring their poignant voice and tasting a wisdom that has come the distance. Poets to be explored together include: W. S. Merwin, Denise Levertov, Stanley Kunitz, and Clive James, among others.

Mark Burrows (who is leading the day) is a poet, teacher, and scholar of historical theology. He is also a lover of Rilke, cats, and German pinot noir. A longtime resident of New England, he teaches religion and literature at the Protestant University of Applied Sciences in Bochum (Germany). His most recent publications are The Chance of Home (2018), Meister Eckhart’s Book of the Heart, with Jon M. Sweeney, and translations of Rilke’s Prayers of a Young Poet (2016) and SAID’s 99 Psalms (2013). He is an Oblate of Glastonbury Abbey, in Hingham, MA, and member of Bochumer Literaten, a writers group in Germany www.msburrows.com

Please bring a packed lunch. Coffee and tea provided.

NB This event is hosted by the Meditatio Centre and bookings need to be made online using the link below to reserve your place . £30 or £20 concessions. https://io-wccm.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=200

The Meditatio Centre has a purpose which is closely aligned with the vision of the Centre for Spirituality. Periodically we highlight particular events from Meditatio’s programme, like this one on 6 October, with the opportunity to travel together from Brighton and benefit from their excellent range of international speakers.