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Six Poems in Search of a Religion
April 28, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Sunday, April 28: Six Poems in Search of a Religion – Linda Ware
Along the lines of the play Six Characters in Search of an Author, writers use others’ voices for their own doubts and reflections. The play recounts the fate of a group of characters left unresolved by their author. Desperate for conclusion, the characters interrupt the rehearsal of another Pirandello play to demand that the director and cast stage their story. Poets speak also as characters, ruminating on religion and churches and their own needs— in the voices of a church mouse, a frustrated carpenter, a British tourist, or a woman not at church on Sunday morning. We’ll look at six poems— or excerpts— that will also be printed in the Order of Worship so you can follow along, either as amiable spectators or in search of your own meanings.
Linda retired as professor emerita of English at UW-Marathon County. Her teaching areas included women writers, American ethnic studies, and literature/visual arts connections. She was also statewide English Chair for the UW Colleges. She is the wife of the late attorney G. Lane Ware. Her daughter heads litigation and regulatory compliance at Netflix, and her son is a screen and television writer. She served as an officer of the Wisconsin Arts Board and President of the Wisconsin Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters prior to her current role as Chair of the Board of the Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service.