Lorna Dee Cervantes @ AWP Atlanta - "Does Poetry Make Nothing Happen?"
9:00 - 10:45
Hilton Towers - Atlanta
S111. Does Poetry Make Nothing Happen?: Politics and the Poet. (Wendy Barker, Ralph Black, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Kimiko Hahn, Alicia Ostriker, Kevin Clark) In a time when Earth's future seems in the balance, a poet may feel only, to quote W. S. Merwin, "another priest of ornaments." Yet poets have always witnessed and warned of crises-Homer, Chaucer, Blake, Whitman, Celan, Neruda, and Ahkmatova were all political poets. Our panelists will read from their own poems, and discuss the problems they face and the strategies they employ to address their concerns.
Today, it's raining hard in Atlanta. I'm listening to Paul Pena and thinking about going to get wet. Join me at the Old Tucson reading tonight with Diane Delgado and the Con Tinta reading honoring Judith Cofer tomorrow night. I'm at the Best Western at the the Peach Trees - come find me, especially if you'd like to buy a book or trade.
And the best thing about it is that I'm not sick this year. YEA!
p.s. there are real southerners in the south, if you know what I mean