Panel discussion on Poetry and Politics, October 21
From: Richard Broderick (
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2008 19:09:25 -0700 (PDT)
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Tuesday, October 21

"Call and Answer," a panel discussion moderated by Rich Broderick on the topic of poetry and politics featuring award-winning poets Ed Bok Lee, Anya Achtenberg, Tim Nolan, Wang Ping and Joyce Sutphen. October 21, 7 p.m., the Black Dog Cafe, 308 Prince St., at the corner of Broadway and Fourth in Lowertown, St. Paul.

What is the proper relationship -- if any -- between politics and poetry? Is it possible for poets to honor both the imperatives of poetic inspiration and the insights of political consciousness and create poetry that is both relevant and artful? Why aren't American poets, as in other parts of the world, expected to play the role of public conscience and public intellectuals? How have political ideas -- and their reactions to political events -- shaped the poetry of each pan panelist? What, if anything, can poets do to make their voices heard on the great issues confronting us today?

These and other questions will be examined by the panelists, drawing upon examples from their own works. Admission is free. For directions and further information, call 651-228-9274 or visit / .

"How come we've listened to the great criers... and now/We're silent as the sparrows in the little bushes?" From "Call and Answer," by Robert Bly.
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