I speak here of poetry as a revelatory distillation of experience, not the sterile word play that, too often, the white fathers distorted the word poetry to mean―in order to cover a desperate wish for imagination without insight. (Audre Lorde)
Poetry as an agent/accomplice of social change resorting to the toolbox of conventional rhetoric (or vice versa?)―that is what the term “poetry activism,” as it is currently used in Anglo-American literary discourse, has come to signal.
Yet even poets currently deemed as “unconventional” by the majority of readers find it increasingly hard, it seems, to relinquish political aspirations―in the sense of its Greek root, meaning care of the state or community―in their practice. The panel discussion gathers four distinctive writers and curators / organizers / publishers in their own right, to discuss―and question―the activist possibilities of a poetry event, be it a public reading, a literary festival, or a book release, and articulate the present situation through the lenses of their own experience and international practice.
12.5. 16:00 Poetry Event & Poetry Activism: Public Discussion
Panelists: Louis Armand, Linn Hansén, Boris Ondreička, Vanessa Place
Moderators: Olga Peková, Ondřej Buddeus
Prague Microfestival & tranzitdisplay