The Splash of Words: Believing in Poetry
Tuesday 8 November 6.30 – 8.00pm
God is in the world as the poetry is in the poem. Les Murray
Poetry is what we reach for when we are falling in love, when we are grieving and when we search the great mysteries. Much of the Bible is poetry and most of what we do in church is sing, read and listen to poetry. It’s easy to think the language of faith is in creeds, sermons and certainties, but Mark Oakley says that it is poetry that is the person of faith’s native language.
But what is it that makes poetry and faith such close companions? Mark Oakley says it is because God is not the easy object of our knowledge, but the deepest cause of our wonder. In this talk he will invite us on an adventure into poetry’s power to startle, challenge and reframe our vision: like throwing a pebble into water, the words of a poem cause a splash whose ripples can, if we let them, transform the way we see the world, ourselves, and God.
Mark Oakley is Canon Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral, overseeing the arts and learning programmes at the cathedral. He writes regularly for the Church Times and The Tablet and frequently broadcasts on BBC Radio 4. His latest book is The Splash of Words: Believing in Poetry (Canterbury Press 2016), following the success of his best-selling first book The Collage of God.