The political life of poetry

boland poetryHow might American poetry potentially give meaning to events, locating them in a larger context and story, shuttling back and forth in time, and including all the riches of its institutional memory? This question is the heart of a Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy event on Nov. 13 featuring award-winning American poet and critic Edward Hirsch (Wild GratitudeThe Night Parade, Earthly Measures, among others); award-winning Irish poet Eavan Boland (23 PoemsDomestic Violence, Against Love Poetry, The Lost Land, An Origin Like Water: Collected Poems 1967–1987, among others); and award-winning American poet Kevin Young (Books of HoursArdency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels, Jelly Roll, among others). All three will read from their work and discuss the ways poetry engages with the political. The event will be held at 6 p.m. in Devlin Hall, room 101. A book signing will follow.

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