The Word That Clamors: Poetry as Prayer

The Word That Clamors: Poetry as Prayer

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  • Thursday, April 23, 2015 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


Maher Hall, Salomon Hall

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




The Word That Clamors: Poetry as Prayer
with Malachi Black, Ph.D.
Free of cost, open to all.

The great poet Mary Oliver describes the art of poetry as the “endless work of paying attention.” This seems also an apt definition for prayer. Yet the importance of paying attention is so often lost on us with the busyness and quickening pace of everyday life. Perhaps a deeper appreciation for poetry can help us be better prayers, more attentive to our own lives, each other, and God.

Malachi Black, an award-winning poet and assistant professor of English and Creative Writing at USD, will offer insight into how poetry can help us get in touch with our deepest yearnings, wake us up, and deepen our understanding of our spiritual lives. He will select readings from some of his favorite poets as well as offer readings from his most recent publication, Storm Toward Morning.


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