Dreams and The Poetic Imagination

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  •  May 5, 2017
     7:00 pm CDT - 9:00 pm CDT

CEUs: 2

Instructor: Rodger Kamenetz

Everyone who has ever awakened from a nightmare– or enjoyed a dream vision of delight– knows that the images in dreams are emotionally powerful. In our dreams we are all great poets, conjuring up images of great emotional depth. Naturally, our great poets have also contemplated the power of images in their work. The English Romantics, Wordsworth and Coleridge in particular, focused on the power of contemplating images from waking life– images that Wordsworth called “spots of time.” Sometimes they were emotionally positive (a “host of daffodils”), sometimes hauntingly frightening (the sight of a drowned man’s face pulled from the water). Either way, such images can be “restorative”, i.e., they have healing properties. The same is true of the images in our dreams. We will explore how such images work to restore the impaired imagination and bring us into a sacred encounter in our dreams.

About the Instructor
Rodger Kamenetz is a poet and author of eleven books. His best known are The Jew in the Lotus, an international bestseller about Jewish-Buddhist dialogue and The History of Last Night’s Dream, which was featured on Oprah Winfrey’s “Soul Series.” A Professor Emeritus of English and Religious Studies at LSU, he founded the MFA program in creative writing. His poetry has appeared in five books, most recently, The Lowercase Jew (Northwestern) and To Die Next To You (Six Gallery), in dozens of anthologies and in The New Republic, The Southern Review, Grand Street, Shenandoah, Crazyhorse, and many more. Since 2003 he has dedicated himself to working with clients who find spiritual direction in their dreams. More at www.kamenetz.com and www.thenaturaldream.com.


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