The April 2020 Contemplative Practice Webinar:
By Heart: A Way of Knowing for This Time
Dr. Richard Chess
Originally broadcast live on Wednesday, April 15, 2020
3 – 4 pm ET / 12 – 1 pm PT
Free and open to all
$10 suggested donation
In his poem “By Heart,” John Hollander writes that the poems we know by heart “remain/Lodged with us, useful, sometimes, for the work/Of getting a grip on certain fragile things.” We are, at this very moment, in the heart of our vulnerability, our fragility. Can we lodge something within our hearts to steady us, strengthen us, maybe even bring us a little happiness, maybe even a moment of joy? In this webinar, we’ll explore the practice of coming to know something “by heart.” Together, we’ll bring a poem into our hearts. In this time of necessary social distancing, we’ll see what happens when we experience the intimacy of getting close to a few words. A confession: I have a terrible memory. So, for much of my life I’ve avoided the unpleasant feelings that arise at the thought of memorizing poems by not even attempting to memorize any! A terrible thing for a poet and English professor to admit! (To be honest, I actually do have a few poems by heart.) But in a class I’m teaching this semester, I offered a memorization practice that my students and I both participated in and the results were deep and illuminating. So, I invite you to join me for “By Heart: A Way of Knowing for This Time.”
About the Presenter
Dr. Richard Chess is the Roy Carroll Professor of Honors Arts & Sciences at UNC Asheville. He has published four books of poetry, Tekiah, Chair in the Desert, Third Temple, and Love Nailed to the Doorpost. His essays are included in Stars Shall Bend Their Voices: Poets’ Favorite Hymns & Spiritual Songs and 27 Views of Asheville, among others. For many years, he contributed to “Good Letters,” a blog hosted by IMAGE: a Journal of Art, Faith, Mystery. He is now a contributor to the soon-to-launch blog, “Close Reading,” hosted by SLANT books. He has served as the director of UNC Asheville’s Center for Jewish Studies for 30 years. He is one of the founders of UNC Asheville’s Contemplative Inquiry Initiative. You can find out more about him at richardchess.com.
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