Giving Emily Dickinson the triple alertness she deserves — paying attention with our bodies, our minds, & their connection.
If a poem is defined as a piece of language whose form and meaning are inseparable, then truly listening to a poem requires a special kind of attention: a triple alertness of body, mind, and their connection. That is the spirit in which we will invite Emily Dickinson’s poems into our discussion circle.
As we listen to Dickinson’s meter, stanza, imagery, diction, grammar, tone, capitalization, rhyme and more, we will notice how placing our attention within the electric synapses where a poem’s meaning and form meet can bring it to life, again and again, as if it were being created in that instant.
Treating each syllable and stress as a manifestation of the sacred temple of the poem’s body, we will learn secrets that can never be spoken in words—not only about Dickinson, and about poetry, but also about ourselves.
June 9 and 16, 2:30-4:30 PM, Sept 24 and Oct 1, 2:30-4:30 PM