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AWP Panel: Against Witness: Developing Accountability & Participation in Poetry

  • Oregon Convention Center 777 Northeast Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard Portland, OR, 97232 United States (map)

Panelist alongside F. Douglas Brown, Angel Garcia, Julia Bouwsma & Mia Malhotra

Definitions of “poetry of witness” are shifting as poets seek to defy the inherent passivity of the term “witness.” Increasingly, poets are interrogating the safety afforded by time and distance, engaging legacies of trauma, including those they have inherited or been proxy to, in order to confront the past and their own participation. Four poets discuss and confront the methods we use to bridge the selectivity and compartmentalization of human memory in poetry. To “witness” is no longer enough.