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Environmental Poetics in the Risk Society

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Two talks by James Sherry and Angela Hume

Angela Hume "Bodies At Risk in Contemporary Poetry"

We live in a time of ecological precarity—in what Ulrich Beck calls our "global risk society." How does contemporary poetry figure the hazards and processes of toxicity that we encounter everyday? What can poetry tell us about the risky conditions and attachments that surround and constitute our lives? Angela's presentation will take up these and other questions.

James Sherry “Against One Model Alone”

We have the technology to arrest climate change. We can convert to renewables today. We have political systems to implement that social transformation; both democratic and totalitarian regimes have proven they can implement just about any policy they want. But we lack the motivation to adopt a more sustainable future. Only culture—poetry for example—can provide that will to change. This talk addresses four of the key underlying components that need to change in our poetry in order to halt global warming.


Angela Hume's research focuses on intersections between lyric poetry, dialectical thought, and ecology. She is the author of the chapbooks The Middle (Omnidawn, 2013) and Second Story of Your Body (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, 2011). Critical work appears in such journals as ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, Evental Aesthetics, Jacket2, and OmniVerse.

James Sherry is the author of 11 books of poetry and prose, most recently Oops! Environmental Poetics. He is editor of Roof Books and founder of the Segue Foundation, Inc. in New York City.


Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 19:00
BAY AREA PUBLIC SCHOOL [Classroom] -- 2141 Broadway, Oakland CA more
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