I am not the greatest activist but I am not afraid to take a stand
It’s the people, not the government
There will always be colors and contrast
Vissi d’arte, vissi d’amore
Talent no one is born without
… because forever cannot belong.
This poem is a cento styled, inspired by and in collaboration with the dialogue Kathy Engel gave on “Art and Imagination in Building Campaigns and Socials Movements”, in Villa La Pietra on October 11th, 2017. At the beginning and the end of the dialogue Kathy had attendees write on small strips of paper a word or phrase that was in their heart at that moment. The keywords are listed below and with these the collective whole could guide me in finding poems that either have the word or a line that embodies the idea of the keyword they provided. This poem provides a glimpse into the shared stimulating and reflective experience the group had that day guided by Kathy Engel.
Healing by M.L. Kiser
I Grow Where I am Planted by Simeon Austin David Pangu
No one I know could imagine me at a poetry reading. They know me as the physics-obsessed, horse girl of Ocala, Florida. My closest experience to a poetry reading was when my teacher played audio from a poet while we read along, and up until this month my impression of one was from the movies. I could only expect a scene where people in a dimly lit coffee shop snapped away for a poet on stage.
In April of 1952, Ralph Ellison, an African American writer, highlighted numerous social and intellectual issues regarding black identities, black nationalism and racial policies that have been existing in the American society with the publishing of his iconic book Invisible Man. In April 2017, 65 years later, we are going to reflect on these issues again by re evaluating the book onto the unsolved problems proposed there. Read more
The Jewish-Italian writer, poet, chemist, and Holocaust survivor Primo Levi was born in Turin on July 31, 1919. His birth, life, and death would all take place in the same fourth-floor apartment, other than a brief stint in Milan and the defining year of his life in Auschwitz. Read more
“Social media is very fragmentary, so I think that we write a line of poetry or a tweet very similarly. Those of us who love poetry can find social media to be really easy and really attractive and an interesting way to lean into a poem over time. You can kind of leak a line, and then another, and then they can all come together or just give you the pleasure of writing lines publicly. It’s exposing a lot of people – both poets and those who aren’t – to a kind of ‘knowing fragmentation’ and that’s pretty cool.”
-Eileen Myles, Profile: Eileen Myles, Wonderland., August 4, 2016 link
Award-wining writer Jennifer Clement will be on campus this week to offer a writing workshop to NYU Florence students and to participate in a Dialogue about her work. Clement’s highly acclaimed novels Widow Basquiat, about the life and artistry of American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Prayers for the Stolen, which explores the experience of girls who are victims of human trafficking by Mexican drug cartels, are available in the Ulivi Library and the LPD student space for students.
Clement is currently working on a book titled Gun Love, which will examine gun culture in the United States and the traffic in guns between the U.S. and Mexico.
Clement is the president of PEN International, the main organization of Poets, Essayists and Novelists, the first woman elected to the position. She is also an alumni of NYU.
Join Jennifer Clement for her Writing Workshop tomorrow Tuesday, October 11 at 12pm in Villa Sassetti and for her Dialogue on Thursday, October 13 at 6pm in Villa Sassetti. Rsvp at email@example.com
I was in third grade the first time I can remember being dehumanized. I was standing with two boys my age on the green hardtop of the tennis court at my local athletic center. Being there was my attempt to dispel the notion among my classmates that I was un-athletic, a pervasive opinion that had made me feel like an outsider. It must have been two weeks into camp and I found two boys, Barrett and Nathaniel, who liked Star Wars, so I hung around them during the time when we weren’t slamming green fuzzy Dunlop balls over nets repeatedly. The conversation made its way to playdate potential.Read more
In the below interview, Madison talks about how she came up with the idea to organize her dialogue (and how much research she had to do!), the differences between the contemporary cultural scenes in Florence (Paris, London) and New York, and what is unique about contemporary culture in Florence.