Afternoon Craft Conversation with Aria Aber

Date & Time:
Friday, November 12, 2021 - 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.


"Poetry of Grief: Mourning the Future" by Aria Aber

This craft talk is an interrogation on how the elegy - and the poetry of grief in general - has changed over the centuries. The elegy, as one of the oldest classical forms of poetry, serves as a mirror, a look back into the past, and as a site of metamorphosis. Yearning for the impossible, the poet turns to the page to immortalize a part of what's lost and to retrieve what is scattered. How do poems sustain hope - in beauty, in future, in community - as the earth seems increasingly unsustainable for human life? In an attempt to study these questions, we will read poems by Wallace Stevens, W.H. Auden, Adrienne Rich and Solmaz Sharif to see how the elegy merges the public an dprivate object of mourning to morph and manipulate lyric and narrative time. 

Aria Aber's debut collection Hard Damage (University of Nebraska Press, 2019) won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry and a Whiting Award. Her poems are forthcoming or have appeared in The New Yorker, New Republic, Kenyon Review, The Yale Review, and elsewhere. A graduate from the NYU MFA in Creative Writing, where she was the Writers in Public Schools Fellow, she holds awards and fellowships from Kundiman and the Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing. She was the 2020 Li Shen Visiting Writer at Mills College and is currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University.


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