Afternoon Craft Conversation with Jane Gregory

Date & Time:
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
De La Salle Hall: Hagerty Lounge, 1928 St. Marys Road, Moraga, CA 94575
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Thinking Otherwise and its Occasions: Grief, Form, and the Telepathic Promise of Poetry

This talk explores how poetic form metabolizes loss—how it renders it, renders it otherwise, renders the organs or faculties that experience it otherwise too. So, it takes up—among other things—the serial poem and the undead; the way that, if “music is wounded kinship’s last resort,” as Nathaniel Mackey writes, rhyme can be its scar. Alice Notley activates what she calls “a disallowed metaphysics” in a poem that ends: “grief isn’t a word I’m not a person.” Elsewhere she claims that if you read her work in the right way it will give you telepathic powers. Agnes Martin also claims that if you approach her paintings right, something like telepathy will be enabled. This talk, then, looks at some work by Mackey, Notley, Martin, and Robert Duncan, as well as a few of my own poems, to test all of these propositions.

Jane Gregory is the author of YEAH NO (The Song Cave, 2018) and MY ENEMIES (The Song Cave, 2013). She is co-editor and co-founder (with Lyn Hejinian and Claire Marie Stancek) of Nion Editions, a chapbook press, and she works for Small Press Distribution.