‘Barbaric yAWP’

Friends, if you’re going to AWP Boston next week, consider yourself invited to the panel I’ll be moderating:

Poetry with Personality:
Persona and Character in Contemporary Poetry

Friday, March 8, 3:00-4:15 pm
Room 111, Hynes Convention Center (Plaza Level)

Panelists: Darcie Dennigan; Raymond McDaniel; Catie Rosemurgy; Monica Youn.

What are the challenges and opportunities of writing poetry from the perspective of a strong persona or a character? What are the origins of these voices, and how are these voices sustained for long stretches? Is such a poetry more or less authentic than standard lyric poetry? What are the implications for selfhood in these poems? Panelists of diverse interests and approaches will discuss these issues and more in a moderated conversation, then field questions from the audience.


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