In Praise of Communion: Poetry as a Healing of What Divides Our Heart

Join us for a virtual program featuring poet Mark. S. Burrows in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of National Poetry Month. Discover how poetry weaves together some of the unraveled strands in our inner life, and those that make up our common life. The morning’s rhythm will include time for small-group conversation as well as a final plenary discussion.

The presentation components of this program will be recorded and will be sent to registered participants soon after the program takes place.

Mark S. Burrows is a poet, teacher, translator, and scholar, much in demand as a retreat leader and speaker in the US and internationally. His retreat work draws, particularly, on mystics and visionaries, medieval and modern, including Julian of Norwich and Meister Eckhart, Simone Weil and Etty Hillesum, among others. A leading translator and interpreter of Rainer Maria Rilke’s poetry, he has published widely in matters related to spirituality, poetry, and the arts. A recent collection of his poems, The Chance of Home, appeared in 2018, and together with Jon M. Sweeney he has published two books of meditative poems inspired by the medieval mystic, Meister Eckhart: Meister Eckhart’s Book of the Heart (2017) and Meister Eckhart’s Book of Secrets (2019). Other recent publications include English translations of Rainer Maria Rilke’s Book of Hours (Part I), published as Prayers of a Young Poet (2016), and 99 Psalms by the contemporary Iranian-German poet SAID. He is the recent recipient of the Witter Bynner Prize in Poetry, an elected member of the American Theological Society, and, since 1998, an oblate of Glastonbury Abbey in Hingham, MA.