Historical Research in Poems: An Omnibus Interview Marilyn Nelson, Dolores Hayden, Roger Sedarat, Kiki Petrosino
“The differences among the poets’ intentions and research practices are as compelling as the areas of overlap.”
“I keep in mind that the earth will never be as healthy and as varied and as robust and alive again as it is today. We are in a decline we have not yet begun to reverse.”
SUGGESTED TEACHING GUIDE for “Catastrophe & Survival: Women Ecopoets Navigate Pathways Past Denials: A Conversation” with Camille T. Dungy, Allison Adelle Hedge Coke, Brenda Hillman, Sandra Meek, & Aimee Nezhukumatathil
Karen Salyer McElmurray
“Despite the #MeToo movement, public acceptance of misogynist behavior and reluctance to believe women’s testimony exists. This political reality exists alongside our persistent violation of the Earth and global-warming induced catastrophe. Five celebrated women poets discuss the intrinsic connections of gender, class, race, and environmental activism.”
“Poetry has been taken for granted, yet people have been changed and moved by poetry that they themselves cannot explain."
“Contrary to its technical function, apposition in a poem is often not a simple matter of clarification or definition, but a parallelism that quickens metaphor.”
“The flash form in nonfiction works a lot like an O’Keeffe painting. It alters our understanding of space and time, asks us to see and experience the world differently.”
Poetic Form as a Tool for Restoring the Black Body to History: Tyehimba Jess, Marilyn Nelson, Derek Walcott, & Countee Cullen
Jasmine V. Bailey
“For African American poets who choose to engage history in their work, violence to the black body, and black bodies’ erasure through violence, presents a unique challenge…”
"I know about teaching, editing, reading memoir, but writing one? I was, in many ways, starting from scratch—in fact, in some ways, I was relearning the craft."
“Dissents speak to a future age. It’s not simply to say, ‘My colleagues are wrong and I would do it this way.’ But the greatest dissents do become court opinions and gradually over time their views become the dominant view. So that’s the dissenter’s hope: that they are writing not for today, but for tomorrow.”—Ruth Bader Ginsberg 1933–2020