Mara Hall
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POEMS OF AWAKENING

The poet Mary Oliver ends her well-known poem, “Wild Geese,” with these lines:

Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting—
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

In this class, we will read from an anthology, edited by Betsy Small, called “Poems of Awakening: An International Anthology of Spiritual Poetry.”

The book is organized, according to Small, as “a journey through vari- ous kinds of awakening, from everyday experiences of deep awareness to the visionary insights of the great mystics.” Each of the book’s sec- tions opens with a few ancient poems and continues with more recent and contemporary works. Some of the poets whose poems we will discuss are: Kabir, Rumi, Hafiz, Sara Teasdale, May Sarton, Theodore Roethke, James Wright, William Stafford, Ted Kooser, Wendell Berry, Mary Oliver, Marge Piercy, Langston Hughes, and E. E. cummings, and Alice Walker, and Jane Hirshfield. Class members will be encouraged, but not required, to share some of their own writings.

Your instructor Dave Evans was born and raised in Sioux City. Dave graduated from Leeds High School and began college on a football scholarship. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arkansas. For 39 years he was a professor of English at South Dakota State University. The author of nine books of poetry, his poetry and other writings have been published in numerous mag- azines and in over 80 anthologies. He has won numerous awards, including grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Bush Artist Foundation. In 2009 he received the South Dakota Governor’s Award for Creative Achievement in the Arts. He was a Fulbright Scholar to China twice and poet laureate of South Dakota for 12 years.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3, 10, 17, 24; 1 TO 2:30 P.M.
Location: Advanced Sciences Building, Wells Fargo Room, Room L110, Entrance 14, Parking Lot 4
Fee: $40 (Includes cost of book for class)
Max: 25 / Min: 6
Lifelong Learning membership required
Course #19/FY-CPDV-2890-02 

 

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