Three Poets on Geography, Intimacy & Dislocation
Thursday, November 18 @ 12:00 pm
In All the Names Given: Poems, Raymond Antrobus outlines a childhood caught between intimacy and brutality, sound and silence, and conflicting racial and cultural identities – shifting fluidly between England, South Africa, Jamaica, and the American South. This Alaska by Carlie Hoffman interrogates all that emotional and physical intimacy cannot salvage or keep warm. To live in an Alaska of the mind is to map the imagined cartography of winter on all that is physical, to dwell perpetually in a symbolic cold, and to emerge, with grace, unscathed. In Cleave, Tiana Nobile grapples with the history of transnational adoption, both her own from South Korea and the broader, collective experience. In conversation with psychologist Harry Harlow’s monkey experiments and utilizing fragments of a highly personal cache of documents from her own adoption, these poems explore dislocation, familial relationships, and the science of love and attachment. Moderated by author and podcaster John King, founder and host of The Drunken Odyssey: A Podcast About the Writing Life.