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Reading Poetry to Write It

December 8, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 10:50 am

Reading and writing poetry can be a marvelous path to reflection and quiet, a door to a richer spiritual life. Among the most spectacular poems are the Psalms. But an even more immediate path into contemporary poetry might be through your own journals. In this session we will read 5 or 6 poems by contemporary poets and reflect on how they distill into images our experience of being human. We will focus on craft issues in those poems—image, voice, metaphor, rhythm, and sound—how to turn insight into a poem. This might be a chance to jot notes toward your own future poetry, but rest assured, no one will be put on the spot. Whether this 45 minutes feels like a new adventure or one that’s familiar to you, please join us. This course will be taught by parishioner Jeanne Walker, who has taught poetry writing at the University of Delaware for 30 years and in the Seattle Pacific University MFA Program for 12. Her poetry is published in 9 volumes and her memoir, “The Geography of Memory,” tells the story of how she and her sister cared for their mother during her last decade with Altzheimer’s.

Grow spiritually, intellectually, creatively, and emotionally with an Adult Education class at St. Peter’s Church. We offer multiple classes to pique your interest each Sunday morning at 10 a.m. Classes take place on the 2nd floor of St. Peter’s School. All classes are drop-in and no pre-registration is required, unless otherwise stated. Questions? Email Rev. Sean Lanigan at [email protected].


December 8, 2019
10:00 am - 10:50 am
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St. Peter’s School
319 Lombard Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106 United States
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Rev. Sean Lanigan, Associate Rector
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