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[Past Event] Poetry's Journey: Inspired by Nature

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Course Description:

For centuries, poets have found insight, wisdom and consolation in nature. Even in this century, with technological advances continuing to muffle the call of the outdoors, transformative discoveries through nature have inspired many of our best poets. In a two-part offering, Dr. Joseph Cotham explores the exquisite work of four contemporary American poets, each with strong ties to the natural world. The first session will examine the poetry of Mary Oliver and
Wendell Berry, with the second meeting featuring the works of Jane Hirshfield and Gary Snyder. A short biography of each poet will be presented followed by a group recitation and discussion of a selection of poems. By reading these works aloud, listening with a contemplative ear, and then sharing our wisdom, the poetry comes to life.


Tuition: $20.00

Additional Fees: $0.00

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Tuesdays, Sept. 1, 8 *10:00-11:30am* (2 sessions)


We'll meet online via Zoom. Zoom is free and easy to use. OLLI will walk you through the steps. Prior to each Zoom meeting (class), you will receive an email with specific details on that meeting.


Joseph C. Cotham, Ph.D., has a great passion for poetry. For the last 15 years, Joseph has led an annual poetry retreat for the Monterey Meditation Group. He has taught at Monterey Peninsula College, the Middlebury Institute of International Studies and Cal State, Sacramento.