Thursday, June 15, 2023 - 4:00pm
Minneapolis, MN 55415United States
Dickinson famously wrote: “Tell all the truth but tell it slant.” And Audre Lorde: “Only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth. And that is not speaking.” Our conversation today is based on a study of how poets weave narrative and lyric, the personal and political, autobiography and history in their poems and hybrid works. Examples may include poems or portions of poems by Layli Long Soldier, Terese Svoboda, Tarfia Faizullah, Jean Valentine, Robert Hayden, Vievee Francis, and Linda Bierds, among others. Based on our readings, students might go on to practice braiding techniques and other poetic strategies in their own work.