• P.O. Box 28, Round Hill, VA 20142

Soulcraft Series: Pizza, Beer, and Soul Poetry

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Date(s) - February 21, 2017
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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Join us as we explore the deeper, emotional roots of poetry or “soul speech” as it’s sometimes called. Given that the soul prefers to speak in images and symbols, poetry – our own or others – is a natural pathway to soul. Poetry, brings together the linguistic, linear part of the psyche with the imaginal, holistic part, enlisting the thinking mind in the service of soul, image, and feeling. By immersing ourselves in the rich symbols of verse, we enhance the ego’s ability to converse with soul.

The intent here is not to discuss and debate the particular style of a poem or it’s author. But rather, to take a handful of poems, decided in advance, and really take a good look between and behind the lines and verses, for what the author is really trying to convey on a deep soulful, emotional and imaginal level. To talk about why a particular poem or a particular verse or even a specific line seems to mysteriously resonate even while the thinking mind sometimes struggles for clarity and meaning. To live the questions of your soul with no expectations of getting any answers.  Indeed, the German poet Rainer Maria Rilke famously recommended in a letter to a young friend to live the questions of Soul…

“I want to beg you, as much as I can, dear sir, to be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves like locked rooms and like books that are written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.” 

Following are the first 3 poems to get us started. Since we’re gathering in a bar, I highly recommend that you print them out in advance and spend some quality quiet time with them beforehand.  Jotting down your thoughts, impressions and questions about each poem on the printout might be a good idea. 

What to Remember When Waking – David Whyte

In Blackwater Woods – Mary Oliver

Sometimes – David Whyte

This gathering is meant to be equal parts fun and informal social event as well as a source of personal reflection on one’s own journey to soul, all in between slices of pizza and glasses of beer or whatever you’re hungry and thirsty for.

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