The Spaces Between Words -
Making Meaning with Emily Dickinson & The Zen Masters
Rhwng: Fiona Owen introduces poet and writer Graham Hartill
I dwell in Possibility –
A fairer House than Prose –
More numerous of Windows –
Superior – for Doors
When the majority of Emily Dickinson's poems were first
published, after her death in 1886, editors tidied away their enigmatic dashes,
using formal punctuation instead. Modernist and particularly feminist readers
of her work have insisted on replacing them, claiming that the spaces they
provide, what one critic calls their 'hesitancies', are crucial to our
apprehension of the mind of this remarkable and reclusive poet.
What is left unsaid, even what is unsayable, can be
seen to be, paradoxically, at the heart of meaning. In this workshop we will
explore our notions of the reserved and unspoken, looking at precedents from
the Taoist and Zen traditions of the Far East, the thought of the influential
French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan, and some of Dickinson's short masterpieces.
We will write words, consider
silences – and probably talk too much!
The thief left it behind –
at the window
No special experience or skills are
necessary. Just come as you are!
warm welcome to all / Croeso cynnes i bawb
£15, £10 concessions/gostyngiadau