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The Healing Power of Poetry with Kimberly L. Becker

Poetry can speak to and act as salve for those deep heartaches.

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About this class:

This is a 4-week virtual class using the Zoom platform.

Mondays: January 23, 30, and February 6, 13 - 6:30-8:30pm CST

We will explore poetry both as container and "medicine" for grief. Most of us have experienced grief at some point in our lives; poetry can speak to and act as salve for those deep heartaches. We will listen to poems, read poems, and even try our hand at writing poems. The pandemic has brought grief to the forefront: so many deaths, but also grief from loss of work, loss of health, loss of what felt "normal."  Collectively, we will be processing the trauma of the pandemic for some time. Poetry can help ease the pain of loss. No writing experience necessary. No required texts.

Instructor bio:

Minot-based poet Kimberly L. Becker has published five books with national presses. She has received numerous grants and residencies for her poetry. Kimberly has also served as a hospice, ICU, and level 1 trauma chaplain.

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