LEAVES: Lecture Topics and Creative Journeys
LECTURE TOPICS and Workshops
Sir Isaac Newton left behind, sealed in a trunk won at auction by father of modern economics, John Maynard Keynes, thousands of pages of writing on the ancient "God Chemistry," Alchemy. Keynes called him, "not the father of the Age of Reason but the Last of the Magicians." What has been called rational thought is only one part of the whole picture. Even its "father" knew this.
"All poetry is Geopoetics," says Robert Morgan, poet and author (Gap Creek). Poetry is a link back through the history of humanity, from modern-day technovore to ancient ancestors who dwelled in cliffs. Through the myopia of the industrial age, it has been taught as a "fine art," something divided from the "important parts" of human existence such as science and development. Today, we see that science and development are half of life, and without their counterparts in compassion, emotional growth and concern for the whole of life, they are deadly. Poetry is engagement with the earth and our surroundings. A poet's work reveals an intermediary space wherein the external and internal environments interact, where nature educates humanity. What has seemed wishful, wistful and a waste of time in the past century now discovers revision in light of quantum physics and the environmental panic against climate change. Poetry holds answers that can save the world.
THE CREATIVE PROCESS
Poetry is practice ground for anyone dealing with change. Every poem is a dynamic system, a microcosm of life and of the world. An ancient algorithm embedded in consciousness, poetry is a process of solving problems at the integral level, of using symbols from the world to merge self with setting, soul with body. Without poetry, humanity loses its humanness because without poetry we fall prey to reason's disconnectedness. The psyche sees the wholeness. Poetry, all its structures and systems, aligns life with the psyche, with nature. When we structure our lives as poems, allowing dynamics and imagining through loss, our lives and the world come into balance.
Rhetoric is an abstract word with very real-world applications. What rhetorical lenses are shaping life and culture? What is your personal rhetorical reality? This workshop invites everyone to look at writing as a way of being the world, a position as well as an action.