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"Mission Creep: Over-Policing the Poetic Imagination"

  • The Skylight Room (9100) at The Graduate Center CUNY 365 North 5th Street New York, NY 10016 United States (map)

Join us for "Mission Creep: Over-Policing the Poetic Imagination," the 12th Bi-Annual Stanley Burnshaw Lecture by poet and Pulitzer Prize winner Gregory Pardlo. Undertaken with the best intentions, our efforts to dissuade cultural appropriation have grown punitive and hostile to imaginative risk-taking. Particularly suspect, the use of dialect in poetry has long been as contentious as it is symptomatic of larger trends within and beyond the literary community. Some poets and critics have dismissed dialect as a flawed literary device, while others have used it to counter academic tendencies in American poetry. Today, few discussions of dialect even make it to the page, instead raising questions of permission and authority before craft. How do we subvert the border agents of cultural identity to address our best intentions anew? 

Earlier Event: November 17
Mosaic Literary Conference 2018