A Poetry Happening at Or Zarua

March 24, 2022    
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Co-hosted by Rabbi Bolton and Shelley Saposnik

Pre-registration required. Click HERE to register.

From Wordsworth’s “a host of golden daffodils” to Ogden Nash’s “candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker” to Lewis Carroll’s “Twas brillig, and the slithy toves/did gyre and gimble in the wabe,” poetry can charm, delight, at times comfort and exact a psychical transformation as it weaves its power into the soul. Think of the wonder of David’s Psalms and its sacred healing energy.
Poetry is a way of perceiving that is individualistic and unique to its author’s vision. Poetry wakes up our senses as we move through a world of sound, structure and meaning–very much aligned to music.
I hope you will join us this Thursday evening at 7:00 pm to explore some of the multifarious voices in poetry; voices that have the power to persuade and astonish. We will sip some wine, share the poems we love and/or write and with the help of some prompts taken from other artistic disciplines, we will attempt to create a poem of our own making.
What is your vision? Who are the poets that move and inspire you? Visit with us and share what you love about poetry or just listen to what inspires others. Together we can carve out a sacred, poetic space as we remember and imitate the journey our ancestors took through the wilderness to revelation.
Shelley is a member of Or Zarua who attributes her love of all things Jewish to the two years she lived and studied in Jerusalem. She graduated from Columbia University with Honors in English literature and acquired an M.F.A. in Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has taught Creative Writing and Modern European Literature as an adjunct at The Lander School for Women, Touro College. Her poetry is published in several literary magazines, the latest of which appear in the Jewish Literary Journal, Fig Tree Newsletter and The Curator. In addition her work is included in the recent poetry anthology, Nothing Divine Dies, A Poetry Anthology About Nature, Vita Brevis Press.