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Friday, May 14 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
The Thing With Feathers: Poetry of Witness to Serious Illness and Trauma

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How might a poet respond to a serious illness or trauma in oneself or a loved one? Whether the poet is ill, or is witness to the sufferings of another, the harsh, immutable facts of illness often generate fear, anger, despair. Sometimes, however, the poet finds hope, even in a factually hopeless situation. What is it in us that persists in singing, regardless of how dire the facts? Five contemporary poets discuss their own poems dealing with serious illness and what they reveal about hope, what Emily Dickinson called "the thing with feathers".

Link to recording:  https://salemstate.zoom.us/rec/share/9VsPPNIpspCHThpeD2j7FoQ1fFXCHTC_xQpKZmj7Dj16DF8YLGPlGNx0StbzW7NV.ki7t4DVlU_Yamlbk

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Oliver de la Paz

Associate Professor, College of the Holy Cross
Oliver de la Paz is the author of five collections of poetry: Names Above Houses, Furious Lullaby, Requiem for the Orchard, Post Subject: A Fable, and The Boy in the Labyrinth, a finalist for the Massachusetts Book Prize for Poetry. He also co-edited A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology... Read More →
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Fred Marchant

Emeritus Professor of English, Suffolk University
Fred Marchant has authored five books of poetry, the most recent of which, Said Not Said, was named an Honored Book by the Massachusetts Book Awards. He has edited Another World Instead: The Early Poetry of William Stafford, and, co-translated (with Nguyen Ba Chung) works by several... Read More →

Friday May 14, 2021 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT