Read, Write, Resist! March 20-23.
The Split This Rock Poetry Festival will bring poets and writers to Washington, D.C. on the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, in the midst of the presidential election, for four days of collaboration, learning, and performance. The festival will feature opportunities to build community and celebrate the many ways that poetry can act as an agent for change. Join us as we celebrate poetic diversity and the transformative power of the imagination.
I will have the pleasure of accompanying Tina Darragh & Cathy Eisenhower on a Split This Rock
panel to discuss the works of the Argentinian poet Diana Bellessi and the French poet Francis Ponge, and their approaches to disrupting fascism’s appropriation of the voice of the poet. We will collaboratively translate poems using alternative procedures such as homophonic substitution, and participate in group readings from various kinds of texts (for example, depleted uranium stock quotes alongside Gulf War Syndrome research reports). We will also discuss the voice of the poet as a means of addressing violence, citing the works of Baraka, Brathwaite, Dunya Mikhail & Yoko Ono.
Friday March 21 1:30-3pm
Thurgood Marshall Center, Room #1
1816 12th Street, NW, Washington DC
Plus, don't miss the Jen Benka, Nathaniel Siegel, Lynn Procope & Susan Brennan panel just before us 11-12:30pm: Off the Page and Into the Streets – Reports from the Field.
I know I won't.
- Frank Sherlock