Poet Diane Raptosh returns to Surel’s Place with Hand Signs from Eternity’s Yurt, a chapbook of poems featuring 22 sonnets. Each of the poems springs from a quotation by the British moral philosopher Mary Midgley, who has a reputation as one of the most expansive and compelling moral philosophers of the twentieth century. “She thinks very much like a poet,” Diane says of Mary Midgley. “The themes are very down to earth and contemporary: the environment, animal rights, civic unease.”
Diane has invited Greg McElwain, Professor and Chair of Philosophy and Religious Studies at The College of Idaho, to join her. McElwain published Mary Midgley: An Introduction, which is the first substantive introduction to Midgley’s influential philosophy on the human condition. Joining both Diane and Greg is their musician friend Scott Knickerbocker who will punctuate the words with tunes on the guitar.