Friday, October 25
On Passing On, is an interactive poetry workshop featuring acclaimed poet Bob Holman, producer for PBS’ The United States of Poetry and Language Matters, working with folklorist Steve Zeitlin and Phyllis Zimmer, President of the Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation.
Participants will have a chance to write their own death poem in the Japanese style of jisei. In Japan, Zen monks, Samurai warriors, and Buddhist haiku poets developed the tradition of writing jisei, or the “death poem.” Many of these were written in the final moments of a poet’s life, a farewell to life, a poetic swansong.
Poems will have the chance to be read aloud at the workshop and collected for presentation as a visual art piece on final day of the Reimagine End of Life festival.
This program is presented in partnership with Ruth’s Table who provides an inclusive and welcoming space for people of all ages and abilities to engage with arts.