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Sunday, May 3 • 10:15am - 11:15am
Grief & Poetry: Crafting Loss FULL

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Stanley Kunitz said, “So much of the power of a poem is in what it doesn't say as much as in what it does say.” Yet from Edgar Allen Poe’s chanted laments to Ellen Bryant Voigt’s Kyrie on the influenza epidemic to Mark Doty’s My Alexandria on AIDS, people turn to poetry to name the unnamable—grief, loss, sorrow. How do poems bring, if not solace or resolution, then understanding to the unknowable? What in the “secret language” of poetry (Kunitz) speaks to the language of grief? And what in the urge to write makes the vessel of poetry able to contain the emotions—successfully or unsuccessfully? Panelists will present and discuss poems, focusing on craft, and look to the audience to contribute their understanding.

Speakers
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Patrick Donnelly

Director, Poetry Seminar, The Frost Place
Patrick Donnelly’s books are The Charge (Ausable Press, 2003, since 2009 part of Copper Canyon Press) and Nocturnes of the Brothel of Ruin (Four Way Books, 2012), a 2013 finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry. In 2013 he received a U.S./Japan Creative Artists Program award, to fund a 3-month residency in Japan during 2014. Donnelly is director of the Poetry Seminar at The Frost Place, and an associate editor of Poetry... Read More →
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Danielle Legros Georges

Professor, Lesley University
Danielle Legros Georges is a professor in the Creative Arts and Learning Division at Lesley University. Her areas of interest include arts and education, contemporary American poetry, African-American poetry, Caribbean literature and studies, and literary translation. Her poems have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies, and a book of poems, Maroon, was published in 2001. She is current Poet Laureate of the city of Boston.
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Frannie Lindsay

Frannie Lindsay‘s fourth volume of poetry, Our Vanishing, received the 2012 Benjamin Saltman Award by Red Hen Press. Her other books are Mayweed (2009, Word Works); Lamb (Perugia 2006); and Where She Always Was (Utah State University Press, 2004). Her work appears in Best American Poetry 2014. | | She is the 2008 winner in poetry of The Missouri Review Prize. She has been featured in Ted Kooser’s column American Life in Poetry, Writer’s... Read More →
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Anna M. Warrock

Anna M. Warrock's publications include the chapbooks Horizon, Smoke and Stone, and the forthcoming Turning to Go Back from Slate Roof Press. Her work appears in the anthology Kiss Me Goodnight, Poems and Stories by Women Who Were Girls When Their Mothers Died, Minnesota Book Award Finalist, for which she also wrote the introduction. Besides appearing in a number of literary and multidisciplinary magazines, her poems have been set to music... Read More →

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Anna M. Warrock

Anna M. Warrock's publications include the chapbooks Horizon, Smoke and Stone, and the forthcoming Turning to Go Back from Slate Roof Press. Her work appears in the anthology Kiss Me Goodnight, Poems and Stories by Women Who Were Girls When Their Mothers Died, Minnesota Book Award Finalist, for which she also wrote the introduction. Besides appearing in a number of literary and multidisciplinary magazines, her poems have been set to music... Read More →


Sunday May 3, 2015 10:15am - 11:15am
Old Town Hall, 1st floor

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Waitlist (16)