Talking poetry at College of the Atlantic from another hemisphere!

Honored and thrilled today to give a reading and talk about the relevance of poetry in contemporary society (via video link) to students at College of the Atlantic as part of their seminar: Poetry as Art and Social Action, taught by writer, teacher, and old friend Martha Donovan. Students are writing about the links between poetry and politics, poetry, healing, and medicine and other incredibly important topics.

https://www.coa.edu/live/profiles/3482-college-seminar-poetry-as-art-and-social-action/templates/details/courses.php

 

 

NZ National Poetry Day, 24 August

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In honor of National Poetry Day in New Zealand, here’s one of my favorite quotes about poetry from Marvin Bell: “What they say ‘there are no words for’– that’s what poetry is for. Poetry uses words to go beyond words.” And here’s a poem from Murmurations called “Echolocation’ that tries to say that in a different way:

I navigate between
sky and stone

stone and the reflection.
of stone. The trees sing

back to me in my own
voice. I have no need

for vision my ears fine-tuned
to the night’s faint frequencies

hunting echoes
making my way through the dark

by steering
toward the silences.