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Saturday, May 6 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Metaphor in Poetry, a Life Vest in the Silence of Trauma

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Poets recovering from trauma and/or PTSD can use metaphor to express the "unspeakable," translating experience and emotion into objects, images, scenes that free writers and liberate readers of poetry as well. Bypassing literal details of traumatic experience, which often cannot be expressed by individuals experiencing trauma, metaphor can help poets articulate these life-changing emotions and experiences. Each poet on the panel will reflect on poems that use metaphor to express different types of trauma, and discuss how she pushed beyond the unspeakable to break through silence imposed by trauma. Panel members will then read two of their own poems and invite audience members to discuss the liberating qualities of metaphor.

Moderators
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Jan Freeman

Director, Paris Press
Jan Freeman, Poet and Paris Press Director, lives in Ashfield, MA People should talk with Jan Freeman about poetry and publishing, creating a press, editing anthologies, and of course -- metaphor, poetry, and trauma. She is the author of Hyena and Simon Says, which was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and a chapbook, Autumn Sequence. Her new collection, Blue Structure, was recently published by Calypso Editions and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her poems have appeared in anthologies and journals, including The Academy of American Poets "Poem a Day," Prairie Schooner, American Poetry Review, The Women's Review of Books, The Massachusetts Review, The Southern Review, and other many publications. She lives in Western Massachusetts, where she founded and directs Paris... Read More →

Speakers
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Kathleen Aguero

Kathleen Aguero’s most recent book of poetry is After That. She has also co-edited three volumes of multi-cultural literature for the University of Georgia Press. She teaches in the low-residency M.F.A. in creative writing program at Pine Manor College and in Changing Lives thr... Read More →
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Jennifer Jean

Co-director, Morning Garden Artist Retreats
Jennifer Jean's debut poetry collection is The Fool (Big Table, 2013); her chapbooks include: The Archivist, and In the War. Her poetry and prose have appeared, or are forthcoming, in: Rattle, Drunken Boat, Crab Creek Review, Waxwing, Caketrain, Denver Quarterly, Tidal Basin Revi... Read More →
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Julia Lisella

Associate Professor of English, Regis College
Julia Lisella is a poet and teacher. Her poetry books include Always (2014), Terrain (2007), and Love Song Hiroshima (2004), a chapbook. Her poems have been widely anthologized and appear in Alaska Quarterly Review, Ocean State Review, Valparaiso, Prairie Schooner, Crab Orchard R... Read More →


Saturday May 6, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Hawthorne Hotel Library Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Square W, Salem, MA 01970

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