CU Poetry at the Library - Saint Valentine

  • Champaign Public Library Room 222 200 west green street Champaign Illinois

Tuesday, February 18th, 7:00pm in Room 222

Need inspiration? We had a recommendation to dig into the historical character of Saint Valentine. There is plenty to choose from: beheadings, martrydom, secret spy letters and of course courtly love -

"Courtly love began ... at the end of the eleventh century. In essence, courtly love was an experience between erotic desire and spiritual attainment that now seems contradictory as "a love at once illicit and morally elevating, passionate and disciplined, humiliating and exalting, human and transcendent".[5]"  Wikipedia entry

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Surprising facts about Saint Valentine 

As always, direct, tangential, obscure, or even absent references in your poem will be welcome. Please bring 5-6 copies to share.

Have fun and we hope to see everyone there