Wonder and Sorrow: the Poetry of Mary Oliver

Adult Learning
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11:30am Sung Eucharist
3:15pm Choral Evensong
6:00pm Eucharist

Wonder and Sorrow: the Poetry of Mary Oliver

Pádraig Ó Tuama

For Mary Oliver, the world is an altar. It is a place where kindness, joy, brutality, sacrifice, pain, death, the beauty of nature and the frailty of the human condition all gather. In her world, we find meaning, wonder and the sacred in the elemental.

Saturday 16 May 2 - 4.30pm
Wren Suite £15 (bursaries are available)

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One of America’s best loved poets, in her long and prolific career she wrote over 20 volumes of poetry, which Pádraig Ó Tuama describes as ‘overwhelming in their brilliance’. Hers is not poetry that ignores the world, but that observes it closely, with all its dangers and delights. In this afternoon he will reflect on Mary Oliver’s poetry and spirituality, and in particular her poems of wonder and sorrow.

Pádraig Ó Tuama is a poet and theologian whose work centres around themes of language, power, conflict and religion. From 2014-2019 he was the leader of the Corrymeela Community, Ireland’s oldest peace and reconciliation community. His books include In the Shelter: Finding a Home in the World and Daily Prayer with the Corrymeela Community. 

Please note that in this study afternoon we will refer to Mary Oliver's New and Selected Poems, Volume One, published by Beacon Press in 2004, ISBN 9780807068779. If you own a copy, are able to buy a copy or are able to reserve a copy to borrow from the library for the workshop, please bring it with you.

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