Garlic and Sapphires in the Mud

 

A Reading of T.S. Eliot's Four Quartets  by Jock McKeen

Nanaimo Harbourfront Library | May 4, 2012, 6.15 pm for a start at 6:30 sharp  | Free admission

 

Part of Crimson Coast Dance Society's Four Quartets performance and workshops

 

We hope you'll attend!

T.S. Eliot's poetry is often quoted, but usually in short renditions. Only rarely are his longer works presented in a public forum. More than 70 years after their first appearance, the Four Quartets is still immediate and relevant. A full reading of these poems requires nearly an hour, the length of a musical symphony. Dealing with issues of time and eternity, worldly dissatisfaction and spiritual yearnings, it can be seen as a lyric prayer for modern people.

Jock McKeen, MD, LicAc(UK), DLitt, who trained as a physician, has always had a passion for poetry, dance and music, along with a burning curiosity and concern for the human condition. While studying classical Chinese medicine and philosophy, he became fascinated with the art of living, which he has combined with his studies of the science of life. He combines his deep knowledge of people with a love for language and artistic expression. He is a dynamic and engaging reader of poetry; people are enchanted by his passionate renditions of his own work, as well as creations of other authors.

T.S. Eliot is one of his favourite poets. Jock says of Eliot:

"His language covers the entire range, from the commonplace to the celestial. His scope is comparable to a singer with an extraordinary range ... the lows are deeply stirring, and the highs take one into the sky."

Jock says, "This is a special treat for me, to really be able to dig into a full-blooded reading of this masterful work."

Jock has worked with his partner Bennet Wong, a psychiatrist, for over 40 years. Together, they developed The Haven Institute, an educational centre for personal and professional growth on Gabriola Island. Besides their work at The Haven, these two men have presented their ideas and seminars throughout  Asia and Europe, as well as in Russia, Africa, the Middle East, and South America. They co-authored six books which describe much of the germinal philosophy underlying their work with people. One of these books is a collection of Jock's poems entitled As It Is In Heaven. Their most recent book,  The Illuminated Heart: Perspectives on East-West Psychology and Thought, is a comprehensive distillation of their views; it has just been released by The Haven Institute Press.

In a recent article, Jock wrote, "We are involved in a much bigger enterprise than we usually realize. The forces of the universe flow through us. We are, in our deepest imaginings, linked with each other, and the larger picture."