"Why Poetry is Not a Luxury" at CIIS in San Francisco, CA

  • California Institute of Integral Studies 1453 Mission Street San Francisco, CA

Why Poetry is Not a Luxury with Brynn Saito: Words create the thoughts that shape our reality, our movements, our public and private selves. How can reading and writing poems bring us closer to one another, creating threads of meaning and connection? How can we cultivate a poetic consciousness through simple exercises and rituals? What happens to our experience of time and life when poetry enters our world? Poetry is a powerful tool and a useful art that belongs to us all, not a luxury reserved for the privileged. As the great poet, Audre Lorde, once reminded us: “It is a vital necessity of our existence. It forms the quality of the light within which we predicate our hopes and dreams toward survival and change.” In an era of constant distraction, reading and writing poetry can help us attune to the world, sharpen our senses, and illuminate the complexities inherent in our everyday moments. From Rumi to Mary Oliver, discover how making poetry a part of the fabric of your everyday life brings meaning and wonder to busy modern living. 

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