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September 26, 2023
6:00 PM - 7:45 PM
Downtown Library
100 W 10th Ave.
Eugene, OR 97401
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Poetry as Witness Against Unjust Erasure

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Carter McKenzie leads a session about poetry and historic wrongs.

Join Carter McKenzie and Willamette Writers for a session of readings, discussion, and writing on the theme of "Poetry as Witness Against Unjust Erasure." Come in person at the Downtown Library or find Zoom link here.

Says McKenzie, "No form of art is exempt from historical precedent; no artist or writer can afford indifference to the personal work of learning of their own relation to that history.  There is no neutral ground in how we choose to see the world, whether or not the subjects of our art are explicitly political. Making true diversity possible is an ongoing, crucial challenge and responsibility, and it is especially the responsibility of those of the dominant culture to identify our own unconscious habits of exclusion and assumptions, which keep the barriers of false narratives in place. We can’t dismantle what we can’t see. ... This work of witness is an attentive willingness to see and to feel. Such attention is a form of justice, and justice is a form of love, the complex ground of poetry. " More information about this session.

The Eugene chapter of Willamette Writers holds a workshop or presentation at the Downtown Library on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. from September through May, except for December.

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