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Split this Rock Events at the DC Center

Permanent Link | Posted by The DC Center on February 19, 2012 5:57 PM


split.jpgThe DC Center is proud to host the following events as part of the 2012 Split this Rock Poetry Festival. The events listed below take place at the DC Center on Saturday, March 24th. The DC Center is located at 1318 U Street NW.

Poetry for the People and the Teaching Vision of June Jordan
Saturday March 24th, 9:30 AM, The DC Center
Founded by June Jordan in 1991 at UC Berkeley, Poetry for the People (P4P) provides a unique and collectively-developed pedagogical model for political and artistic empowerment through the teaching of poetry. A culmination of June Jordan's career as a politically engaged teacher and poet, Poetry for the People aims at furthering the vision of Martin Luther King's "beloved community."
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Prophetic Tones: Resonance and Resistance in Poetry
Saturday March 24th, 11:30 AM, The DC Center
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.
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White Poets Writing About Race: An Invitation to Conversation
Saturday March 24th, 2:00 PM, The DC Center
In his 2007 essay "A Mystifying Silence," Major Jackson asks why there should be a "dearth of poems written by white poets that address racial issues." Six white poets who have written about race will make very brief presentations that address not only this problem, but also questions of why and how white poets can and should deal with racial issues, and what aesthetic and ethical complexities they may encounter in doing so. By limiting our presentations to five minutes each, we will save most of the session for group discussion.
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