Poetry with Alexis Pauline Gumbs (Nov. 2nd)

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Date(s) - 11/02/2013
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

LaVenson Press Studios

Blue Airmail Letters:  The Impossible Poem Home”

9am – 12pm (Fee: $80)

SYLVIA WYNTER, a brilliant Jamaican thinker, defines the poetic as our human way of attempting to say what the circumstances of our life make it impossible to say and almost impossible to think.   We have to find a way to say it anyway.  Whether what you have to say is blocked by barriers of distance, disagreement, difference, diaspora, death, defiance, debt or dial tones, this workshop activates the practice of poetry as a ceremony to make visible and known invisible truths that seem impossible to say.   I am a poet because I had to find a way to communicate with my mother who I love and fear too much for words. I had to find a way to stay in communication with my grandmother after she died. I had to find a way to stay connected to the places in my heritage that are hundreds of miles away.   I am excited to bring my now decades-long practice of impossible poems home to LaVenson Press Studios so we can support each other in speaking our impossible, necessary truths.

ALEXIS PAULINE GUMBS is a queer black troublemaker, a black feminist love evangelist, a prayer poet priestess and has a PhD in English, African and African-American Studies and Women and Gender Studies from Duke University.   Alexis is the author of two acclaimed collection of poems. Good Hair Gone Forever and  101 Things That Are Not True About the Most Famous Black Women Alive and poetic work published in Kweli, Vinyl, Backbone, Everyday Genius, Turning Wheel, UNFold, Makeshift and more. Alexis likes to pray by walking, dancing, remembering poems and talking and playing with loved ones.  Alexis was named one of UTNE Reader’s 50 Visionaries Transforming the World in 2009, was awarded a Too Sexy for 501-C3 trophy in 2011 and is one of the Advocate’s top 40 under 40 features in 2012.

Fee: $80 Includes Light Snacks

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