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Writing To Yourself: Intuition and Conversation in Poetics
Friday, September 27, 2019 @ 6:00 pm
We are queer writers, editors, students, and educators who have been writing with our instincts to emote and recreate/react to our memories. We have been actively working through cognitive poetics to understand our choices and regrets. We have been thinking and sensing our way through poetry/antipoetry, memoir, diary, and both lyrical and critical essays to not necessarily heal but to cope and carry on. There may never be a solution nor healing but this does not mean that there shouldn’t be both artistic and personal engagement with issues in the form of writing. There is no guaranteed catharsis but there is the ability to keep moving forward through deep reflection, keen chronicling, and self-inquiry. We want to speak to our ability to deal with sensations and feelings and to think about how we ask ourselves questions and how we answer ourselves. How do we console ourselves and make ourselves keep moving even if we never move on? We will discuss writing as an extension of thinking and feeling including how not only poetry, diary, and essays can be conversations but also how erasure, centos, and ready-made dadaist approaches are also forms of dialogue and thus express emotion as well as convert thought to page. Intuitive writing is a process of following instincts and going with the ‘gut’ so to speak. In this way, it is an act of conveying ideas and digging into those ideas if not those images. This deep reflection and cognitive writing is an extension and digression from Lorca’s deep song, Rothenberg’s deep image, and David Antin’s Talk Poetry. Yet, it also puts us closer to the truth and myth of Robert Duncan and HD in very personal and political ways.