Death: Is It Really The Last Stanza?

 
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08/25/2019 - 1:00pm
08/25/2019 - 4:00pm
Inspiration, Motivation, Imagination, Contagion

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The cover of the November, 2017 issue of Lion's Roar: Buddhist Wisdom of Our Time had a title & subtitle that inspired this poem-writing class. The cover title, Death, The Greatest Teacher- Why Awareness of Death Is the Secret of Life, captured my imagination. I asked myself, Would the current political climate in our country, being so severe in hate and ignorance, political polarity, and daily examples of the decline of diplomacy and eloquent statesmanship influence nonattendance at a class on death? My answer was to stick to my main philosophy in teaching my art:
If I am inspired by the curriculum I provide for writers attending my classes, the writers will be inspired to write inspirational poetry.
Therefore, this class for beginning or seasoned poets, will address the issue of death literally and figuratively. A literal example comes from the work of Judy Lief. Her book, Making Friends with Death: A Buddhist Guide to Encountering Mortality, evolved from leading an annual retreat for women touched by cancer.
Judy's opening sentence in the Lion's Roar article challenged me to think more into the possibility of facilitating a class like this: Whether we fight it, deny it, or accept it, we all have a relationship with death. Some people have few encounters with death as they are growing up, and it becomes personal for them only as they age and funerals begin to outnumber weddings.

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