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Poetry and Historical Memory

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Published on Dec 14, 2015

Poetry and Historical Memory
April 24, 2013

Two prominent poets and thinkers, one the Pulitzer Prize winning current U.S. Poet Laureate, read from their work and discuss the relationship between poetry and historical memory. How should writers approach historical events? What is the role of research? Are there limits to the transformation of one's materials? What are the costs of bearing witness?

Natasha Trethewey
Pulitzer Prize Winning U.S. Poet Laureate; Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing, Emory University

Christopher Merrill
Poet; Director, International Writing Program, University of Iowa

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