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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
avatar for Patrick Donnelly

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... Read More →
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Danielle Georges

Professor, Lesley University
Danielle Legros Georges is a writer, poet, editor, and translator. She is the author of two books of poetry, Maroon and The Dear Remote Nearness of You, the chapbook Letters from Congo, and is the editor of City of Notions: An Anthology of Contemporary Boston Poems. She teaches at... Read More →
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Anna M. Warrock

Slate Roof Press
Anna M. Warrock’s latest book is From the Other Room, Slate Roof Press Chapbook Award winner. Besides appearing in The Sun, The Madison Review, Harvard Review, Poiesis, and other journals; and anthologized in Kiss Me Goodnight, writing by women who were girls when their mothers... Read More →

Producers
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Anna M. Warrock

Slate Roof Press
Anna M. Warrock’s latest book is From the Other Room, Slate Roof Press Chapbook Award winner. Besides appearing in The Sun, The Madison Review, Harvard Review, Poiesis, and other journals; and anthologized in Kiss Me Goodnight, writing by women who were girls when their mothers... Read More →


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

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