9:45 am — 10:45 am
Havighorst Lounge
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Mary Oliver, was the kind of old-fashioned poet who walked the woods most days, accompanied by her dog and a notepad. She picked up the habit as a child in Maple Heights, Ohio, where she found walking the woods, with the poems of Walt Whitman in her knapsack, as an escape from an unhappy home life. In these walks she developed a method that has become the hallmark of her poetry, taking notice simply of whatever happens to present itself. Like Rumi, another of her models, Oliver seeks to combine the spiritual life with the concrete: an encounter with a grasshopper, the wagging tail of a dog, or the beauty of rising before dawn. “To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work,” she writes.
In this season of Eastertide, we will spend two weeks looking at the poems of Mary Oliver and other women poets who teach us about using nature as a springboard to the sacred and finding the extraordinary in the ordinary, and resurrection joy in all that is.


April 19
9:45 am - 10:45 am