• May 4, 2016
  • 7:00 pm
  • California Institute of Integral Studies
    1453 Mission Street
    San Francisco, CA 94103
Add to Calendar 05/04/2016 7:00 pm 05/04/2016 America/Los_Angeles Why Poetry is Not a Luxury Words create the thoughts that shape our reality, our movements, our public and private selves. How can reading and writing poems bring us closer to one another, creating threads of meaning and connection? How can we cultivate a poetic consciousness through simple exercises and rituals? What happens to our experience of time and life when poetry enters our world? California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
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Words create the thoughts that shape our reality, our movements, our public and private selves. How can reading and writing poems bring us closer to one another, creating threads of meaning and connection? How can we cultivate a poetic consciousness through simple exercises and rituals? What happens to our experience of time and life when poetry enters our world?

Poetry is a powerful tool and a useful art that belongs to us all, not a luxury reserved for the privileged. As the great poet, Audre Lorde, once reminded us: “It is a vital necessity of our existence. It forms the quality of the light within which we predicate our hopes and dreams toward survival and change.” In an era of constant distraction, reading and writing poetry can help us attune to the world, sharpen our senses, and illuminate the complexities inherent in our everyday moments.

From Rumi to contemporary poets like Jane Hirshfield, discover how making poetry a part of the fabric of your everyday life brings meaning and wonder to busy modern living.

Brynn Saito is the author of The Palace of Contemplating Departure, winner of the Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award from Red Hen Press, and finalist for the 2013 Northern California Book Award and the Milt Kessler Poetry Award. She also co-authored, with Traci Brimhall, Bright Power, Dark Peace, a chapbook of poetry from Diode Editions. Brynn's second collection of poetry, Power Made us Swoon, will be published by Red Hen Press in the spring of 2016. Brynn holds degrees from Sarah Lawrence College (MFA, creative writing), New York University (MA, religious studies), and UC Berkeley (BA, philosophy). Currently, Brynn lives in the San Francisco Bay Area where she is the co-founder and Director of the Center for Spiritual Life, an adjunct Assistant Professor in the BA program at California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), and the Interim Director of the Center for Writing and Scholarship at CIIS.

*This Lecture is part of Big Ideas at CIIS.

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