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Friday, September 20 • 9:00am - 10:15am
On the Intellectual & Sensuous

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In a conversation between Aditi Machado and S. Yarberry, Machado describes how she felt faced with a false choice as she wrote her first book: to write either toward ideas with a dense impenetrability or toward an unrestrained emotion. How, she wondered, to be both intellectual and sensuous in the contemporary moment? This panel gathers together writers interested in Machado's terms "intellectual" and "sensuous," their overlap, and their collapse. Trained as poets but pursuing a variety of forms, these writers will share their experiences asking after the sensory quality of ideas and the investigative quality of emotions. Although inspired by Machado's observation about her own poetic investigation into the physical body's movement through a contemporary pastoral scene, the panelists offer a variety of angles: Corfman writes about the relationship of past trauma and future anxiety to gender identity in prose poems, asking how the feeling of doing a formerly prohibited gendered action surprises us in its specificity, or how a forgotten feeling is resurrected; Ralambo-Rajerison writes in lyric prose about the role of global anti-Blackness as it shapes intimate relationships of love, family, and friendship as well as more unidirectional attachments to media icons; and Yarberry's poetry thinks deeply about the physicality of any intimacy, how the loss of such intimacy is the loss of sensation as much as communication. Sharing work and reflecting on that work, this quartet will consider how the normative separation of these two terms can be productive as well as how their union can guide a investigatory poetics.


S. Brook Corfman

S. Brook Corfman is the author of Luxury, Blue Lace, chosen by Richard Siken for the Autumn House Rising Writer Prize, and two chapbooks. A second book, My Daily Actions, or The Meteorites, is forthcoming in 2020, chosen by Cathy Park Hong for the Fordham POL Prize.

Gabrelle Rajerison

Gabrelle Rajerison writes about the possibility of Black love amidst global anti-Blackness; her poems have appeared in Kweli and Cosmonauts Avenue, and an excerpt from her book-length poem To What Do I Owe This Pleasure was featured as part of the University of Pittsburgh's Physics... Read More →

S. Yarberry

S. Yarberry is a trans poet and writer. Their poetry has appeared in, or is forthcoming in, Tin House, Indiana Review, The Offing, Berkeley Poetry Review, jubilat, The Washington Post's The Lily Magazine, Notre Dame Review, miscellaneous zines, among others. Their other writings can... Read More →

Friday September 20, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am PDT