Wait...I Can Use "Cunt" in a Poem?

Room 3501 EF, Kansas City Convention Center, Level 3
Thursday, February 8, 2024
9:00 am to 10:15 am


“Twat,” “cock,” and “motherfucker” too. You can say anything in a poem—use any word, broach any topic, and be obscene as you please, but what are you trying to blow up with your F-bombs? Such language functions as the repudiation of a lingual and cultural hegemony, so the question is whether the poem earns the use of such language. In this panel, poets known for their engagement with the taboo will read their work and discuss their use of the profane as a means of subversion.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Wait._._.I_can_use__cunt__in_a_poem__.pdf



Sonia Greenfield is the author of five books of poetry: All Possible Histories (RIYT 2022), Helen of Troy is High AF (Harbor Editions 2022), Letdown (White Pine), American Parable (Autumn House), and Boy with a Halo at the Farmer's Market (Codhill). She teaches at Normandale College in Minneapolis.

sam sax is a queer, jewish, writer & educator. Author of Madness (National Poetry Series), ‘Bury It’ (James Laughlin Award), and Pig (Scribner, 2023). They've received fellowships from Yaddo, Macdowell, and the National Endowment for the Arts. They're currently a lecturer at Stanford University.

Dustin Brookshire is the author of three chapbooks. His most recent, Never Picked First For Playtime is a tribute to Denise Duhamel’s Kinky. He is the coeditor of Let Me Say This: A Dolly Parton Poetry Anthology.

Angelique Zobitz is the author of the chapbooks Burn Down Your House and Love Letters to the Revolution. Her first book, Seraphim, is forthcoming from CavanKerry Press, April 2024. She is poetry editor at The Night Heron Barks and Ran Off with the Star Bassoon and contributing editor at Cave Wall.

Jonah Mixon-Webster is a poet and conceptual sound artist from Flint, Michigan. His debut poetry collection, Stereo(TYPE), received the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award and the Windham Campbell Prize for Poetry. His works are featured in Harper’s, Yale Review, the New Republic, Callaloo, and BAX 2018.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center