Kicking off our series of previews of the breakout sessions at the upcoming NYC conference, this one comes from the inestimable Brad Davis, an established poet himself, who will be leading his breakout on Friday afternoon, April 19th.
Some of us have believed since we awoke into sentience. Others of us started out with our confidence invested elsewhere and only later were (or have yet to be) won over to the faith. Maybe because I am of the latter group, I think that, in a volleyball game, the johnny-come-latelies would crush the goody two-shoes. In any case, whether it’s fiction, nonfiction, or poetry (“the supreme fiction” – Wallace Stevens), writers write from their vision, their worldview. And when a writer’s worldview undergoes a revolution or conversion, it shows in the writing. This session on the poetry of Mary Karr (honorary captain of the j-c-latelies) will look at her poems with an eye for how her movement toward, into, and beyond conversion is reflected in her poetry. Suggested p/rereading: The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, by Thomas S. Kuhn.
A few seasonally appropriate (and stunning) examples of Mary’s poetry:
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