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Salisbury Poetry Week: The Eye, the World and the Self: Ecopoetry with JoAnn Balingit

  • 10 Apr 2021
  • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Zoom
The Eye, the World and the Self: Ecopoetry with JoAnn Balingit

                                                In the wren song
of brief rain, what matters is that we instill

the darkness with jade

 --Arthur Sze, "The Angle of Reflection equals the Angle of Incidence"

To write poetry is to believe in renewal, invigoration and regeneration. Can poetry heal the world? If the answer is 'yes,' then hope lies in each poet's insistence on cataloging the world, and sharing their details. In this generative poetry workshop, we'll read & listen to poems by Arthur Sze, Natalie Diaz, Juliana Spahr and Danez Smith to help us consider the possibilities and necessity of ecopoetry. Then, in two writing periods, we'll respond to prompts in the belief that "Sometimes in gazing afar,/ we locate ourselves." Optional: bring a photograph of a childhood landscape, plant or being.


JoAnn Balingit grew up in Florida and lives in Newark, Delaware. She's the author of Words for House Story, a 2015 Best Books selection at Beltway Poetry, and two chapbooks. She's at work on a memoir in essays begun while in residence at Hedgebrook, VONA, and The Camargo Foundation as a Bread Loaf/Bakeless Fellow. CNF pieces appear or are forthcoming at McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Asian American Literary Review, About Place Journal and The Common. Poems appear at Rhino Poetry, The Rumpus, Kweli Journal, Academy of American Poets, Vallum Magazine, Verse Daily and elsewhere. JoAnn teaches twice-monthly poetry classes for Delaware Libraries, and a weekly poetry class hosted on Zoom by Delaware Art Museum will begin June 7. She served as Delaware's poet laureate from 2008-2015. @jabalingit  IG: @joann_balingit

This workshop, free and open to the general public, is brought to you by ESWA as part of Salisbury Poetry Week.

Please note: A Zoom link will be emailed out to all registrants 24 hours before the session begins.

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