Colloquy Downeast Blue Hill Maine

Colloquy Downeast

Spirited Conversations in Great Company

FacilitatorMarge Irvine
Date & TimeJanuary 6, 13, 20, 27, 2021
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
LocationVia Zoom- Register to receive a link

Many of us have poems, novels, stories, essays that we return to in thought and often by re-reading—the words that have stayed with us during our lives. These become our touchstones, the words against we measure what we read and the words that have helped us make sense of the chaos of our lives.  In this colloquy participants will be responsible for bringing in their own touchstones: poetry and prose for all of us to read and talk about.

Facilitator Marge Irvine and colloquy participants have provided the literary touchstones which we will discuss together during each of the four sessions of the colloquy. See below under “Syllabus/Reading.”

  ▼ Syllabus/Reading



Readings for Each Session:
Session 1 – January 6th:
From Marge Irvine –  A Good Man Is Hard to Find – short story by Flannery O’Connor
From Mark Lesser –  Love After Love – poem by Derek Walcott
From Riva Berleant – Sunday Morning  – poem by Wallace Stevens
From Robyn Silberstein – A Temporary Matter – short story by Jhumpa Lahiri
From Dorothy Fleming – Sonny’s Blues –  short story by James Baldwin
Session 2 – January 13th:
From Marge Irvine –  Shooting an Elephant – short story by George Orwell
From Tyler Knowles – #419 We grow accustomed to the Dark– poem by Emily Dickinson
From Amy Archer – Postscript – poem by Sheamus Heaney
From Jack Garrity – Bobbsey Twins – chapter from book The Bobbsey Twins at the Seashore – by Edward Stratemeyer, and the Stratemeyer Syndicate.
Session 3: January 20th:
From Marge Irvine – The Ledge short story by Lawrence Sargent Hall
From Judy McGeorge –  An excerpt from Tolstoy’s War and Peace  and Yeats’ poem The Second Coming.
From Phyllis Taylor  – Girl – by Jamaica Kincaid
From Marilyn Miller – Little Gidding  -Last of the “Four Quartets” – poem by T.S. Eliot
F rom Marge Irvine – In honor of Inauguration Day – a poem by Amanda Gorman, the first-ever National Youth Poet Laureate: In This Place (An American Lyric); and from Jan 20, 2021   The Hill We Climb (Inaugural poem text) .
Session 4: January 27th:
From Marge Irvine – The Book of Genesis – Stephen Mitchell or any other translation.
From Mary Miller – The New Noah poem by Adonis – Translated by Shawkat M. Toorawa
From Val Schram – The Twenty Third Psalm and Ninety First Psalm –  King James version
From Marilyn Miller – Shakespeare’s King LearKing Lear’s Last Speech
From Tyler Knowles – Good Bones – poem by Maggie Smith
From Marge Irvine – Eve’s Diary – by Mark Twain

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