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Poetics of Incantation

  • Wednesday, April 19, 2023
  • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • via Zoom


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Poetics of Incantation
**Please note all times are listed in EST**

As poets, we speak song into being, speak beyond the finality of language, speak to address the dead, speak to be spoken to. In this workshop, we will explore the incantatory form of anaphora, discussing the power and limitations of repetitive utterance, that ephemeral & powerful “carrying back.” Participants can expect to read a selection of poems written with anaphora and to participate in a generative prompt. Let us intone, together.

Raena Shirali is the author of two collections of poetry. Her first book, GILT (YesYes Books, 2017), won the 2018 Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award, and her second, summonings (Black Lawrence Press, 2022), won the 2021 Hudson Prize. Winner of a Pushcart Prize & a former Philip Roth Resident at Bucknell University, Shirali is also the recipient of prizes and honors from VIDA, Gulf Coast, Boston Review, & Cosmonauts Avenue. Formerly a Co-Editor-in-Chief of Muzzle Magazine, Shirali now serves as Faculty Advisor for Folio—a literary magazine dedicated to publishing works by undergraduate students at the national level. She holds an MFA in Poetry from The Ohio State University and is an Assistant Professor of English at Holy Family University. The Indian American poet was raised in Charleston, South Carolina, and now lives in Philadelphia.

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