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Phillippa Yaa de Villiers

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Jozi House of Poetry presents: Life, God, Dreams: finding inspiration

“Religion is a popular misunderstanding of poetry.” Joseph Campbell.

The great scholar of mythology suggested that all mythologies are metaphors of the mystery not just of being – but BEYOND the categories of being and non-being – beyond ALL dualities. Beyond all conflict and judgement, the human finds peace in this mental, psychic space . Too French for you? Don’t worry, poets have made a map.

Hungry to connect, people use language to mirror and discover patterns of empathy, curiosity or love. We connect with each other, with ideas, with people long dead, and others yet to come into existence. We connect with nature, all sources of energy that evoke the miracle of life itself, and the evocaton of this miracle has an emotional effect: feelings of trust, hope and possibility – some call it religion, but we call it poetry.
Michelle Mcgrane
Michelle McGrane, Mphutlane wa Bofelo Mphutlane wa Bofeloand Phillippa Yaa de Villiers will share their maps at Jozi House of Poetry on 29 July at 2pm for the mystery session, and bring your own map to share in the open mic. cover charge R50 or R40 with a pack of sanitary pads.


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