Afternoon Craft Conversation with Tongo Eisen-Martin

Date & Time:
Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Saint Mary's College Museum of Art, 1928 St. Marys Road, Moraga, CA 94575
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Mirrors In Every Place

This craft talk presupposes that among other potentials, poetry exists within a multidimensional overlap of two spheres of insight; one, that of the music or math of language, and two, the social realities that the poet navigate and digest. Students will explore the strategies, mechanics, and resulting art of prolific poets from various epochs of craft and social contradiction. We will study Audre Lorde, Roque Dalton, Juan Felipe Herrera, Langston Hughes, Layli Long Soldier, QR Hand, Aja Monet, Ai, and more. And for every poet, we will read a corresponding political economy on the times and places that produced that poet. By the end of the talk, students will be exposed to a useful set of strategies they can use in their own writing and also a lens of social analysis to synthesize with their writing.