S277. Poetry in the Age of the Drone: A Reading

Liberty Salon N, O, & P, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Four
Saturday, February 11, 2017
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


How does poetry function in the age of the drone? Can poets avoid the anesthetizing remove enacted by the drone when writing about political subjects from a safe distance? What is the role of poetry in a time of perpetual war—does it, as Auden says, make nothing happen? Five poets read work that shows the different ways poetry reacts to, and interacts with, the idea of the militarization of the drone, targeted killing, and the difficulty of writing about war from afar.



Corey Van Landingham is the author of Antidote, winner of the Ohio State University Press/The Journal Award in Poetry. A recipient of a Pushcart Prize, and a former Wallace Stegner Poetry Fellow at Stanford University, she is currently the 2015–2016 Gettysburg College Emerging Writer Lecturer.

Solmaz Sharif's poems have appeared in Granta, the New Republic, Poetry, and elsewhere. Her first colleciton of poems is LOOK. She is currently a Jones Lecturer at Stanford University.

Philip Metres is the author of a number of books and chapbooks, including Sand Opera, Pictures at an Exhibition, A Concordance of Leaves, and To See the Earth. His work has appeared in Best American Poetry, has garnered a Lannan Fellowship, two NEAs, the Hunt Prize, and the Cleveland Arts Prize.

Nomi Stone is the author of the poetry book Stranger’s Notebook, a PhD candidate in anthropology at Columbia, and an MFA candidate at Warren Wilson. She is writing a book of poems about war games and her poems appear in The Best American Poetry 2016, the New Republic, Poetry Northwest, and elsewhere.

Jill McDonough is the recipient of three Pushcart prizes as well as Lannan, NEA, Cullman Center, and Stegner fellowships. Her fourth book, Reaper, is forthcoming. She directs 24PearlStreet, the Fine Arts Work Center online, and teaches at UMass Boston.


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