Chelan Harkin (Susceptible to Light) and Elliott Robertson (The Laughter of Hafiz) will share their poems in this celebration of Hafiz.
Susceptible to Light, by Chelan Harkin, is a collection of poetry that is mystical and ecstatic in nature–mystical defined as anything having to do with opening the heart to light and ecstatic having to do with anything expressed from this place. Susceptible to Light is here to remind you of your joy, to assist you in reconsidering ways of relating to your life that better serve and open your heart, to deconstruct anything about God that doesn’t feel close, intimate, authentic, and warm, and to remind your soul to break the surface and take a breath.
Elliott was inspired by Hafiz 12 years ago and has been writing poems nearly every day ever since.
Both poets experience writing poetry as allowing the poems to pour through them onto the page.
Chelan is best known, perhaps, for her poem that begins:
The worst thing we ever did
was put God in the sky
out of reach pulling the divinity
from the leaf,
sifting out the holy from our bones,