An Evening of One Mary Oliver Poem and Our Many Stories


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Start Date: 11/05/2019, 1 meeting
Class Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: 220, Lexington High School
Instructor: Sharon Heermance, PhD
Status: Running/Openings


“I am scorched to realize how many small, available things are in the world that aren’t pieces of gold or power – that nobody owns or could buy even for a hillside of money – that just float about the world, or drift over the fields, or into the gardens….” from Summer Story by Mary Oliver

In her powerful poem, Summer Story, Pulitzer Prize poet Mary Oliver shows how close attention to a cherished moment and her ongoing life story intersect. Our time together with this poem will invite gentle awareness of what echoes inside. We will lean into this poem to deepen resonance with our own meaningful experiences. “Memory is the diary that we all carry about with us,” wrote Oscar Wilde. Indeed, each of us is a collection of stories. With simple prompts, we will gather vivid details from our lives. What emerges may include nuances of experience to a special memory. No prior reading of poetry is necessary — the instructor will provide the poem (and others if time allows); we will provide each other with an evening of rich reflection, stories, and conversation.
Limited to 10 people.

Sharon Heermance, Ph.D. is a psychologist with a private practice in Arlington, MA. Higher education includes a doctorate in counseling psychology from Boston College and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Brown University. She has led workshops with Lexington and Arlington Community Education that integrate poetry with mindfulness. To learn more about the instructor, check out her listing at