Alders, bowed down, obedient.
Whatever made them bend
is gone. But still they pray,
the buds coming in.
Published in Where the Water Lives, by Richard Osler, Leaf Press, Nanaimo, 2012
Richard Osler is a Canadian poet whose full-length poetry collection - Hyaena Season - is forthcoming in September from Quattro Books, Toronto. Richard has conducted numerous poetry-as-prayer retreats in Canada and the U.S. during the past ten years and works as a poetry therapist at a residential addiction recovery center near where he lives in Duncan, Vancouver Island.
Tuesday, November 15, 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
Palmer Library - Room A101
Poetry as Prayer: Now Strike Your Note
"What a cry", calls out of Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney (1938-2012) in his poem Station Island XII. "You've listened long enough. Now strike your note." In another poem in Heaney's Station Island sequence an apparition, an imagined monk calls out: "Read poems as prayers", he said.
Yes, come and read poems as prayers. Better still, come and write poems as prayers. You've listened long enough. Strike your note! Come join a small group for an evening and discover that writing poems is a spiritual practice that brings you, in the company of others, to God. Come discover poetry as prayer.
American Poet Li-Young Lee says: A great poem comes from grace. The mind can't do it. Come discover how poetry can become a kind of grace!
Participation limited. Please contact Roger Hutchison if you are interested in participating.
great Wednesday, November 16, 7:00 pm
I Give You My Blank Heart: Poetry as Prayer
Our one Great Wednesday offering this week will be a talk and poetry adventure with Richard Osler. A book signing of Richard's recently published poetry collection - Hyaena Season - will follow.
Website: Recovering Words