Consequences of Silence, Sponsored by Blue Flower Arts
Oregon Ballroom 201-202, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2
Thursday, March 28, 4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Participants: Simon Armitage, Samiya Bashir, Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, Camille Dungy,
As poets, we love language—and fight with it. Language (in the mouth, on the page) is one way humans can experience and express the world: not only words on a page, but a bodily feeling as one speaks and hears poetry. These are ways language creates meaning, and helps us define ourselves, and belong. The illusion of belonging is when language fails us; draws us in, but holds us at a distance. True belonging is when language connects us across time, languages, cultures, and emotional divides.