“It is difficult to get the news from poems, yet men [and women] die miserably every day for lack of what is found there.” —William Carlos Williams
Have you seen the movie “127 Hours”? It’s a true story. An almost unbelievable story. And, for me, it’s an unexpected illustration of what we’re trying to do in Lectio Poetica: to listen inwardly for answers to the questions that puzzle us outwardly, in our lives and work.
"Strive melodiously." - Mary Oliver
At our gathering on October 7, 2012, we contemplated Mary Oliver's poem “Invitation" (Redbird, 2008). I came to the circle that morning with a heavy heart, listening for a word of guidance from the still, small voice within. My daughter’s boyfriend in college had died suddenly about a month and a half before, and our whole family had been undergoing a long, very painful period of grief and change. Allow me to explain the Lectio Poetica process, using my personal experience as an example.
About the Blog
These are the personal reflections of Jay Valusek on the process of Lectio Poetica, on nature, on poetry in general, and on some of words or phrases from poems we have used in our local gatherings.