Dreams and The Poetic Imagination
With Rodger Kamenetz
September 15th and 16th, 2017
1502 W. 13th St., Wilmington, DE
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Rodney Chapel
Friday Lecture, September 15, 7-9 PM
Saturday Workshop – September 16, 9:30 AM -12:30 PM
Everyone who has ever awakened from a nightmare — or enjoyed a dream vision of delight — knows that the images in dreams are emotionally powerful. In our dreams we are all great poets, conjuring up images of great emotional depth, and naturally our great poets have also contemplated the power of images in their work. The English Romantics, and Wordsworth and Coleridge in particular, focused on the power of contemplating images from waking life — images that Wordsworth called “spots of time.” Sometimes they were emotionally positive– a “host of daffodils”, sometimes hauntingly frightening — the sight of a drowned man’s face pulled from the water. But either way, such images can be “restorative”, they have healing properties. The same is true of the images in our dreams. We will explore how such images work to restore the impaired imagination and to bring us into a sacred encounter in our dreams.
Saturday Dreams & Poetry Workshop with Kat Samworth
Come prepared to explore the imaginative power of the images in your dreams. We will look at poems inspired by dreams by modern and contemporary poets including Elizabeth Bishop, Jean Valentine, Alice Notley and David Shapiro. We will also look at participants dreams to find the images that have the most emotional charge. We will do writing exercises in class based on the poems and the dreams and explore what our poetry can learn from our dreams, and what our dreams can learn from poetry. We will also work on revision of poems you have written based on this approach.
To register for this event contact Community for Integrative Learning or call (302) 540-0661.
Rodger Kamenetz is a poet and author of eleven books. His best known are The Jew in the Lotus (Harper), an international best seller about Jewish-Buddhist dialogue, and The History of Last Night’s Dream (Harper). A Professor Emeritus of English and Religious Studies at Louisiana State University, Kamenetz founded the MFA program in creative writing. His poetry has appeared in five books, most recently, The Lowercase Jew and To Die Next to You, in dozens of anthologies and in the New Republic, The Southern Review, Grand Street, Shenandoah, Crazy Horse, and many others. Kamenetz’s interviews have been featured on numerous radio programs including, Oprah’s XM radio soul series, Dan Gottlieb’s, “Voices in the Family” and CBC radio’s Tapestry program. Kamenetz is currently a faculty member of the C.G. Jung Center in Evanston, IL. Since 2003, he has dedicated himself to working with clients who find spiritual direction in their dreams. With his colleagues he’s developed an approach known as Natural Dreamwork.
Praise for Rodger Kamenetz’s poetry
“In Rodger Kamenetz’s work I feel the fire in the heart of the great transcendental Romantics” – David Shapiro
“Rodger Kamenetz’s poems whirl and shake on the page. He is the poet of the living history of unspeakable names.” – Louise Erdrich
“Rodger Kamenetz’s very exciting and original poems are a secret and almost intimate meeting place of English and Hebrew.”–Yehuda Amichai
“To Die Next To You documents the return of the power of the dream.” –Afaa Michael Weaver
Praise for The History of Last Night’s Dream
“What’s so exciting about The History of Last Night’s Dream is that it talks about how there’s a whole other life that we are living when we sleep and that our dreams are there as offerings and gifts to us if we only recognize what the dreams are there to teach us. “– Oprah Winfrey
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