Friday, March 10, 2017, 7:00-9:30 pm
This gathering celebrates the publication of Mark Nepo’s new book of poetry The Way Under the Way, which gathers 217 poems retrieved and shaped over the past 20 years. Beloved as a poet, teacher, and storyteller, the New York Times bestselling author is committed to poetry as a way being and caring more than the manipulation of language. The central theme of Mark’s work is an ongoing inquiry into the inner space of the soul and the journey of being human.
This reading and conversation will center on our connection to the depth of life, that place of true meeting that is always near, where we chance to discover our shared humanity and common thread of Spirit. Through poetry, story, journaling and dialogue, Mark will guide participants into conversation with their own journey.
About poetry and the life of expression, Mark says, “The poems are the teachers. They arrive with their wisdom and become my guides. What they surface becomes my inner curriculum and by staying in conversation with them, I grow. We’re all drawn to what we need to learn, which if engaged with honesty reveals insights common to us all. My hope is that these poems will be aids in living, listening, and beholding each other. I offer them as small wonders found and cared for through the years. Whether you write or not, I offer that the medicine of poetry and expression is that through raw and honest reflection, we deepen our conversation with life. And so, the purpose of poetry and expression is to make life real, to remove everything that gets in the way, and to help us live. Please bring a journal.