Changing: Making poetry with and through the Yijing

Join us at this public talk, poetry reading and discussion with Richard Berengarten.

  • Fri 8 Sep 17

    19:30 - 21:30

  • Colchester Campus

    Essex Business School (Room 2.2)

  • Event speaker

    Richard Berengarten

  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars
    Holism: possibiliies and problems conference

  • Event organiser

    Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, Department of

  • Contact details

    Christian McMillan
    +44 (0)1206 873640

In October 2016, Richard Berengarten published a 450-page poem entitled 'Changing'. This work is, among other things, an extensive homage to the ancient Chinese classic, the 'Book of Changes' (Yijing; I Ching).

Richard's talk will be based on the composition and architectonics of his new book and will be illustrated with poems from it.  Besides offering insights into a poet's mind and working practice in composing a 'long poem', his presentation will explore the relationship of Changing with the Yijing, in terms of both form and content.  By framing the theme of holism in a poetic context, Richard will also broach questions about several further issues, including: (1) the relationship between poetic thought itself and holistic thinking; (2) hierarchical, fractal, rhizomatic and alaetory models of organisation; and (3) the practice of divining and the theory of synchronicity.

Entry to the lecture is free but you will need to book a ticket.

Those already registered for the Holism conference on the Friday do not need to register additionally for Richard’s talk.