The Voice of the Other As Muse and Music Maker with Chard deNiord:
What does subjectifying have to do with technique and craft? The answer is simply everything, for subjectifying inspires spare, transformative expression with a sound all its own—a verbal music we don’t know we know until we find it within us like a lovesick troubadour or shaman or beloved sitting at our kitchen table talking to him or herself. It allows you as the poet to escape into that person or thing.
Microcosm and Macrocosm with Matthew Olzmann:
Perhaps a poet is attempting to write about a political or social topic where the subject matter is national or global in terms of scale. Perhaps the issue they’re investigating can’t be simplified because the stakes are too high. Maybe the story is really a hundred stories and to talk about one with depth, clarity, or conviction would mean ignoring an equally important story. The question I’m wrestling with here is “How does one write about something when the subject seems too big to write about?” This talk will approach that question by examining the relationship between the large-scale issue and the smaller components which comprise that issue. We’ll consider how one might be reflected in the other, how the whole might amplify the concerns of the individual pieces, and how a narrow focus on a small aspect of a larger story might make the global concerns more tangible.
Q & A to follow.
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