Uttering prophetic words is always dangerous business. What social and political conditions have surrounded or given rise to public utterances that we now call "prophetic"? How have these poets and poems shown resistance and vision for the future? Shannon Berry will examine the work of farmer-poet Wendell Berry in the context of liberation theology. Jericho Brown will explore events around the 1955 release of Allen Ginsberg's "Howl" as an act of civil disobedience against the "obscenity laws." Katherine Anderson Howell will focus on the use of metaphor by Audre Lorde and her view that "Poetry is not a luxury." Rose Marie Berger highlights the poetry of 17th century Mexican nun Sor Juana de la Cruz and what led to her writing the first feminist manifesto in the Americas.
This event takes place Saturday March 24th at 11:30 AM at the DC Center for the LGBT Community, 1318 U Street NW. This event is part of the Split this Rock festival and you must be registered with Split this Rock to participate. A day-pass for the festival costs $40 ( or $20 for students). A full festival pass costs $75 (or $40 for students). Register online at: www.splitthisrock.org.
(Rose Marie Berger, Shannon Berry, Jericho Brown, Katherine Anderson Howell)