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Sunday, May 7 • 11:30am - 12:30pm
The Trauma of the Body

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How can we write ‘trauma of the body’ poems, poems that directly or indirectly address our corporeal demise, without coming across as melodramatic or maudlin? Marcel Proust wrote in The Guermantes, the third volume from In Search of Lost Time, “It is in moments of illness that we are compelled to recognize that we live not alone but chained to a creature of a different kingdom, whole worlds apart, who has no knowledge of us and by whom it is impossible to make ourselves understood: our body.” This group reading will include poems that, in various ways, espouse this stark assertion. A writing prompt and Q&A will follow.

Moderators
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Kevin McLellan

Kevin McLellan is the author of Hemispheres (Fact-Simile Editions, forthcoming), [box] (Letter [r] Press, 2016), Tributary (Barrow Street, 2015), and Round Trip (Seven Kitchens, 2010). He won the 2015 Third Coast Poetry Prize and Gival Press’ 2016 Oscar Wilde Award, and his poe... Read More →

Speakers
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Carrie Bennett

Boston University
Carrie Bennett is a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellow and author of biography of water (The Word Works, 2005), The Land Is a Painted Thing (The Word Works, 2016) and several chapbooks from dancing girl: The Quiet Winter, Animals in Pretty Cages, and The Affair Fragment... Read More →
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Aimee Harrison

AIMEE HARRISON‘s fiction and poetry have appeared in journals such as The Lifted Brow, Indefinite Space, and The Inman Review. She is a co-founder of Small Po[r]tions Journal, is the managing editor for Essay Press, and holds an MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics from the Univ... Read More →
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Cheryl Clark Vermeulen

Cheryl Clark Vermeulen, author of the chapbook Dead-Eye Spring (Cy Gist Press) and the forthcoming This Paper Lantern (Dancing Girl Press), received an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her poems and translations have appeared in Caketrain, The Drunken Boat, Jubilat, Thi... Read More →


Sunday May 7, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm
Connect PEM Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970

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