Poetry as Spiritual Autobiography


Poetry as Spiritual Autobiography


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Saturday, November 7
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
East Conference Room
Portland Art Museum

taught by Alicia Jo Rabins

Class is limited to 9 students

Since poetry lives beyond the rational, it is an ideal container for spiritual autobiographies: stories of seeking, growth, revelation, and even disappointment. Participants will encounter poems from diverse spiritual and religious traditions – from Joy Harjo to Yehuda Amichai, from Kazim Ali to Christopher Smart, and others. Participants will also experiment with writing their own poetic spiritual autobiographies, a great opportunity to play with a new poetic form, as well as to consider your own story in a new light.

Alicia Jo Rabins is a writer, composer, performer, and Torah teacher. Her poetry book, DIVINITY SCHOOL, was selected by C.D. Wright for the 2015 American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize. Her poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Boston Review, Court Green, and 6×6.

Contact Susan Denning, Director of Programs & Events, for more information.