Love Calls Us to the Things of This World: Sacramental Imagination Studio

Love Calls Us to the Things of This World: Sacramental Imagination Studio

Write poems on the edge of the visible and invisible

As Madonna sung: ‘we live in a material world.’ But to many, the earthly material world is ‘charged with the grandeur of [a] God’. Drawing on our own physical, spiritual and cultural associations, this course will explore the interplay of the visible and the invisible, helping us to conjure poems that encompass and transcend religious faith, and to write with a sacramental imagination. What does that mean? As poet Paul Mariani puts it, we will seek words that ‘pay homage to the splendid grittiness of the physical as well as to the splendor and consolation of the spiritual.’ With this in mind, on this Studio we will explore the Seven Sacraments of the Christian tradition – Baptism, the Eucharist, Confirmation, Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick, Marriage, and Holy Orders – as a springboard to write poems, or ‘little incarnations’. Described as visible signs of an invisible reality, these rituals with the world of everyday stuff (water, bread, oil) have much to teach those of any faith, or no faith at all, about human experience, healing, and life in a community. And we will read poetry by Michael Symmons Roberts, Denise Levertov, Jane Kenyon, and others to give us ideas on how to frame our own work.

Studios are three week intensive courses. Reading material will be distributed before the course begins. There are no live chats so they are suitable for both UK & International students.

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About Maria Apichella View Profile

Maria Apichella completed her PhD in English and Creative Writing at The University of Aberystwyth in Wales. She now teaches at the University of Maryland, University College, Europe. Her chapbook Paga was a winner of the Cinnamon Press Pamphlet Competition in 2014. Psalmody (Eyewear Publishing, 2016) is her first collection.

‘The Poetry School gave me the community I needed, both to share my work, and feel connected to other poets.’

– Summer 2019 survey response

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