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THE HEART AROUSED: The Poetry of David Whyte, A Day with Bill Dols

  • Friday, April 21, 2017
  • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Jung Society Library, 5200 Cathedral Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016
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A Day with...

David Whyte's book describes how poetry awakens the imagination and opens our eyes. In a small group we will explore his poetry, reflecting upon how poetry in general and his poems, in particular, can touch and inform our lives.

“Each of us,” Whyte writes, “lives at a very private, personal frontier between what rises astonishingly from within and what seems to overwhelm us from without; every day being a threshold opportunity from a not fully known and just about to be articulated edge of what we call a self.” “Poetry,” he suggests, “is an invitation to overhear yourself say things you didn’t know you knew that can emancipate you from a smaller self into a larger possibility.”

David Whyte grew up among the hills  and valleys of Yorkshire, England. He holds a degree in marine zoology and has served as a naturalist guide leading anthropological and natural history expeditions in the Galapagos Islands as well as the Andes, Amazon and Himalayas. He now lives in the Pacific Northwest of the U.S.

His books include “The Heart Aroused: Poetry & the Preservation of the Soul in Corporate America” (1994); “River Flow: New and Selected Poems 1984-2007” (2006), “Everything Is Waiting for You” (2003), and “Songs for Coming Home (1984).”

Bill Dols has served parishes in Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina as an Episcopal priest for twenty-five years. While pursuing graduate studies in psychology and biblical studies in Berkeley in the 1980s, he began leading seminars for The Guild For Psychological Studies in San Francisco. After eight years as Director of The Educational Center in St. Louis, he moved to Charlotte where, until his retirement in 2001, he served as Minister of Adult Education at The Myers Park Baptist Church. Bill and Shirley now live in Alexandria, where they tutor public-school first graders, quilt and garden, paint and read. Bill continues to contribute to The Bible Workbench, which he created and edited for twenty years, and on occasion, he leads weekend retreats.


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