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Saturday, September 21 • 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Language Tactics

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What can words do when martialed against the forces of the contemporary political moment? Three panelists explore language’s ability to shape lived experience.

Joel Felix will develop a poetics of haunted space, discussing the coming together of multiple, contested perspectives within the spatial relations of this contemporary political moment marked by space infused with threat and fraught with real and imagined harm. Drawing on theorists of Black futurity from Wynter to Campt, and poems of Williams, Brand, Bonney, Davies, Wang and others, he presents a poetics that seeks a difficult embrace of a haunted present not shy of what it suffers and framing futures we have never seen before.

Broc Rossel turns our attention to the Ars Poetica, examining debates in lyric theory as poetry’s political theater. As a poem that argues for itself as a preferred method and form (whether conceptual, lyrical, or otherwise), the ars poetica both reifies and subverts poetical discourse by acknowledging the necessity of critical self-reflection, and in so doing makes an implicit case for poetry as both individually produced and socially constructed.

In “Being Pointless,” Mady Schutzman performs and celebrates ambiguity, imprecision, and indirectness as playful means of restructuring hierarchies and reimagining communities. Through a lyrical compendium of tools and tactics culled from jokes and koans, riddles and clown acts, mobius strips, feedback loops, fugues and fractals, and a condition known as Ganser syndrome, Schutzman suggests being pointless as a means of eliciting unanticipated, edgy but potent convergences within contested terrains.

Edwin Torres will present “World-Making As Poetic Interruption,” where the relative aspects of language-making are delivered as convergent points of world-making. He asks: how do we use say to see? Where can cryptic signifiers become visual noise to then interrupt/interpret new vocalities? Can the imagination step aside to allow connection a deeper path? Is there still a place for making new worlds in poetry?


Joel Felix

Joel Felix was raised just out of sight of Ford's River Rouge motor works in downriver Detroit. He taught at the School of the Art Institute and other institutions and co-edited the 90's-00's editions of LVNG Magazine in Chicago. His collections include Limbs of the Apple Tree Never... Read More →
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Broc Rossell

Assistant Professor, NTU
Broc Rossell is Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He's author of Festival (Cleveland State 2015) and Alameda (Selva Oscura, 2020), and co-editor with W. Scott Howard of Poetics and Praxis 'After' Objectivism (University of Iowa... Read More →
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Mady Schutzman

Mady Schutzman is writer and theater artist.  She has published essays and creative non-fiction in several anthologies and journals including Black Clock, The Drama Review, Errant Bodies, and Theatre Topics.  She is author of The Real Thing: Hysteria, Performance, and Advertising... Read More →
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Edwin Torres

Lingualisualist, Brainlingo
Edwin Torres is a NYC native whose books include, “XOETEOX: the infinite word object” (Wave Books), “Ameriscopia” (University of Arizona Press), “In The Function of External Circumstances” (Nightboat), and “The PoPedology of an Ambient Language” (Atelos Books). Anthologies... Read More →

Saturday September 21, 2019 1:15pm - 2:30pm PDT