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Process Pop-Up: Olson and Whitehead

October 6, 2021 @ 3:00 pm 5:00 pm PDT

What is a Process Pop-Up?

Process pop-ups are hour-long, informal gatherings that “pop up” occasionally, and are available to interested and curious minds.  They are exploratory and open-ended, like process philosophy itself. Their subjects range from poetry to science, theology to ecology, music to biology. They are facilitated by Jay McDaniel and sponsored by the Cobb Institute.

What is this Pop-Up about?

Our theme is process and poetry though the lens of an essay on the the New England poet Charles Olson (1910-1970). He was a key member of the Black Mountain School of American Poetry (1933-1956) also one of the most philosophical poets of his generation. Olson’s poetry is heavily influenced by the process metaphysics of Alfred North Whitehead. Another poet, Robin Blaser, describes the influence of Whitehead on Olson in his essay: The Violets: Charles Olson and Alfred North Whitehead  (1983). This process pop-up is an informal exploration of Blaser’s essay, found on the link above and also on this page in Open Horizons: Turning Process into Poetry: Charles Olson.

When is this Pop-Up

October 6th and October 13th at 3:00 PM Pacific / 5:00 PM Central

Resources to Consider

Writing poetry is not simply a personal act: it is cosmological act.  It is a moment-by- moment process of concrescence, inspired by breath itself, not by rules of meter and rhyme, with the outcome, the poem, a gift to the world, which is likewise in process, and which furthers the creative advance into novelty.


October 6, 2021
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm PDT
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Cobb Institute
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