The First Gift (Creation) Sounding in Human Voices (Poetry)
August 4 - August 25Free
This is a Series, led by Rick Ganz, that teaches us how to enjoy hearing certain Poets of the natural world, and by them having our capacity to notice it sharpened. Pope Francis in his famous text – Laudato si (published on the feast of Pentecost in 2015) wrote that “Nature is filled with words of love”.
Inner peace is closely related to care for ecology and for the common good because, lived out authentically, it is reflected in a balanced lifestyle together with a capacity for wonder which takes us to a deeper understanding of life. Nature is filled with words of love, but how can we listen to them amid constant noise, interminable and nerve-wracking distractions or the cult of appearances? Many people today sense a profound imbalance which drives them to frenetic activity and makes them feel busy, in a constant hurry which in turn leads them to ride rough-shod over everything around them. This too affects how they treat the environment. An integral ecology includes taking time to recover a serene harmony with creation, reflecting on our lifestyle and our ideals and contemplating the Creator who lives among us and surrounds us, whose presence “must not be contrived but found, uncovered”. [Francis, Pope. Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home (Encyclical Letter, 24 May 2015), Section 225, p. 150. Ignatius Press. Kindle Edition.]
We will read, be shown how to read, a group of Poets who are particularly famous for their capacity to give a human voice to that First Gift of God: the created world. We will deeply read poems by Mary Oliver (1935-2019), Wendell Berry (b. 1934), Gerard Manley Hopkins, SJ (1844-1889), and William Stafford (1914-1993).
Do not “fear” poetry – “I don’t know how to read it!”, etc. Rick will show you first how to “hear” the poetry and then to “read” the poems.
We will meet via ZOOM on the Tuesday evenings of August: the 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th; 6 PM to 7:30 PM (Pacific Daylight Time).
Please RSVP below to let us know you are interested in this series. You do not have to be able to commit to every Tuesday evening in order to come to any of them.