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.

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Jan Freeman

Director, Paris Press
Jan Freeman, Poet and Paris Press Director, lives in Ashfield, MAPeople 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... Read More →

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Kathleen Aguero

Writer: "Self Portrait as Geranium"Dancer: Betsy Miller
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Jennifer Jean

Program Manager, 24PearlStreet Online Writing Program at FAWC
Jennifer Jean’s poetry collections include VOZ and The Fool, as well as Object Lesson which is about sex-trafficking and objectification in America. Her teaching resource is Object Lesson: a Guide to Writing Poetry and she's a co-editor and co-translator of an anthology in development... Read More →
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Julia Lisella

Poet, teacher, scholar
Julia Lisella’s three books of poetry are Our Lively Kingdom (Bordighera Press), Always (WordTech Editions), Terrain (WordTech Editions), and Love Song Hiroshima (Finishing Line Press). Her poems are widely anthologized and are forthcoming or have appeared in The Common, Ploughshares... Read More →

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