Concerning the book that is the body of the beloved. By Gregory Orr
Okay. I'm not sure how well this is going to work. If we're in the same room, reading poetry, you can say, oh, read that one again. Or could you slow down a little bit? And we could talk about them. That one didn't work for me or Lord. I need to sit with that one for awhile. But now I'm over here and you're over there.
So we can't have that same rhythm of listening. Of eating these together. But let's try. Let me know how it works for you.
Before the poems. Can I introduce you to Gregory or. He's famous, but I didn't know him until three years ago. And I've been reading him steadily ever since. He tries to write about it all. About our experience. Of at all. And his work blends, grief and joy in an amazing way.
Uh, just something to know about. Where that's coming from when he was 12 years old, he accidentally killed his brother in a hunting accident. And that's something, his family was never really able to talk about. And soon after that his mother died. And or says that he found in poetry. The transformative power of language.
It's how we talks about it. And then. Right after college, he had a near death experience as, um, Activist in the civil rights movement. When he was thrown in jail and beaten. And. Again, he. He turned to poems as a way to seek transformation. So he says this, I believe in poetry as a way of surviving the emotional chaos.
Spiritual confusions and traumatic events that come with being alive.
So this book. Concerning the book that is the body of the beloved.
What does he mean by the book or the body of the beloved? It can come across kind of mystical, but it's also very practical and he doesn't really say directly what he means by, at the answer accumulates as the poems flow along. But in case it helps to have a clue. My sense is that. The body of the beloved is all of life's experience.