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Whitman and Neruda: The Empathic Imagination (A Delve Seminar)

Mon, Nov 4, 2013 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm PST
925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205

When a visitor asked Pablo Neruda if the portrait (of Walt Whitman) above his mantel was his grandfather, Neruda answered without hesitation: “Yes.” In this Delve seminar, we’ll look at the two most expansive, celebratory, politically engaged and openhearted poets the Americas have produced, exploring the many connections between them and focusing in particular on the power of their poems to both express and arouse empathy and compassion.

Guide: John Brehm is the author of two books of poems, Help Is On the Way and Sea of Faith, both from the University of Wisconsin Press, and the associate editor of The Oxford Book of American Poetry. A past recipient of a Fellowship from Literary Arts, he has an MFA from Cornell University and has taught at Cornell, Emerson College, and Portland State University.

Note: Participants in this seminar will receive a complimentary gift certificate for one ticket to Miracle Theatre Group’s production of “Ardiente Paciencia,” good for performances on Thursday February 13 – Sunday February 16, 2014. Presented in Spanish with English surtitles.