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THE POETRY OF MARY OLIVER AS ECHO OF THE SELF, Bill Dols

  • Saturday, November 04, 2017
  • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Jung Society Library, 5200 Cathedral Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016
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The poetry of Mary Oliver offers a treasure of images and wealth of symbols that invite us to meet parts of ourselves that have turned dead in the deal we make to stay alive. Ann Belford Ulanov suggests we repress parts of ourselves like the capacity for hope or insight, anger or healing that the language of poetry can touch and woo out of our darkness. Our wholeness, a completeness we are slow to assemble, is made up of broken and forgotten parts, rather than a seamless excellence or elusive one and true self. Mary Oliver’s poems assist in what Ulanov describes as “collecting all our laundry, even the fugitive socks that seem to lead a life all their own,” in Jung’s words, “evoking a religious attitude of careful observation and attentive pondering.” Rather than provide answers, Mary Oliver poses questions that encourage and assist us in welcoming a fuller story of ourselves that awaits our owning and telling.
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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