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Intimate Ecologies: A Talk at Saint Mary's College, Moraga, CA

  • De La Salle Hall: Hagerty Lounge, Saint Mary's College 1928 Saint Marys Road Moraga, CA, 94556 United States (map)

Intimate Ecologies: Crisis, Community, and the PoemThis talk will inquire into the limits, complexities, and possibilities of community-based poetry and poetics in this moment of social and economic precarity. Drawing on recent work with the Yonsei Memory Project—an arts-based initiative surfacing connections between the WWII incarceration of Japanese Americans and current civil liberties debates—we’ll explore a number of threads, questions: What is the role of poem-making and poem-speaking in maintaining communal memory? What are the implications of considering the poet as diagnoser, preserver, creator, or disrupter within a particular collective? Considering “community” as one form of public intimacy/assembly, we’ll ask: can the poem, too, enact a coalitional space and way of loving? We’ll move through a variety of fields (zen buddhism; critical theory) and conjure writings by Judy Grahn, June Jordan, Gloria Anzaldúa and others in order to trace these lines of inquiry.