About the Just Pay Attention: Appreciating the Poetry of Mary Oliver course
Mary Oliver (1935-2019) is one of the most cherished and admired contemporary American poets.
Her lucid and uncomplicated poems, inspired by nature and dog-walking in Cape Cod and Florida, the experience of friendship, love and grief, are balm for the soul in a frenetic culture: ‘…a poet of wisdom and generosity whose vision allows us to look intimately at a world not of our making’.
This day reflecting on Mary Oliver’s poems will be led by two members of The Diviners, an ecumenical poet-theologians’ group who co-authored Making Nothing Happen: Five Poets Explore Faith and Poetry (Ashgate, 2014).
About the Tutors
Ruth Shelton is a Roman Catholic poet and theologian who has worked in a wide variety of community settings, including prisons, with homeless people and vulnerably housed adults. Her published poetry includes Arthur Talks (as Ruth Hobson, Palewell Press, 2019).
Mark Pryce is a practical theologian who uses poetry in reflective practice and the reimagining of Scripture. He is an Anglican priest, Director of Ministry for Birmingham Diocese and a Chaplain to The King. His books include Literary Companion to the Lectionary (SPCK/Fortress, 2001), Literary Companion to Festivals (SPCK/Fortress, 2003), and Poetry, Practical Theology and Reflective Practice (Routledge, 2019).