Friday at 3:30pm Lincoln 4130
As four interdisciplinary artists, we propose a collaborative panel presentation which will involve poetry, multimedia, and cross-genre performance exploring the poetics of embodiment/disembodiment: how different and differently abled bodies move in space and time both on and off the page in relation to movement, language, loss, and sensuality. Through somatic practices such as qi gong, performance art, embodied poetry, meditation, and live writing we will present a kinetic, aural, and literary articulation of these states of being. Within a rigorous investigation into the myth of heroic, virtuosic embodiment in multiple expressive mediums we will explore the unexpected subject: bodies in difference via challenges in physical capacity or social and political presence. We will ask: How might we enact new meaning in translative states of being within an exacting aesthetic that is capacious enough to address the body in transformation? How can movement strain the “able-bodied” expectation? How can the textual and physical body evoke perspectival shifts in the definition and experience of desire? How can loss, death, breath, and non-breath inform both the dynamism and stasis of writing and performing? In our panel, we hope to surface an emergent discussion of elegy and healing, corporeal disjunct and concord through the prism of multiple genres. In so doing, we will cultivate conceptions of embodiment/disembodiment in which the disparate pieces are not so much reconciled as they are highlighted in a fractured communion of the imaginary.
Friday–Sunday, October 10–12, 2014
Naropa University Arapahoe Campus
2130 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder
Join the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics for the inaugural launch of [Dis]embodied Poetics, a three-day biennial conference occurring in conjunction with Naropa University’s and the Jack Kerouac School’s 40th anniversary year. This conference explores the intersections between innovative forms of creative and critical writing that are experientially rooted in contemplative practice.
We are interested in experiment, activism, performance, the archive, somatic practices, dharma arts, cross-genre, borderlands, the liminal, cross-disciplinary gestures, third-mind collaborations, bricolage, conceptual poetics, the five wisdoms of Maitri, mindful awareness, consciousness, Butoh, biorhythms, neo-benshi, and more.
Once a moniker of our itinerant historical roots as a school, “disembodied” now also reflects the protean in the experiment—how we investigate and torque static limits in form and content and bring forward new questions that both invigorate and challenge the current dialogue in writing today. This includes incorporating embodied poetics: the somatic, the performative, the cellular—open-textured/porous movement between living organisms, such as bodies, languages, texts. For four decades, our rich combination of experimentation, poetics, and contemplative awareness has generated innovation within our community and concentrically beyond.
Denise Leto Awarded Fall 2014 Orlando Poetry Prize
I love the play of the biological, anatomical, and marine references and the mixed references to geography and Christianity with the most subtle eroticism, “writing notes with her other hand: desire.” For the poem is desire, and is sometimes the fulfillment of desire. But also end, loss, death as the body gives itself back to where it was born–perhaps.
–Cheryl Clarke, Fall 2014 Orlando Poetry Finalist Judge
Congratulations to Denise Leto on the selection of her poem, “Lake as Body,” for the Fall 2014 Orlando Poetry Prize! ”Lake as Body” will be published in Issue No. 17 of the Los Angeles Review.
We asked Denise to talk about her piece and to tell us what publication means to her. She replied:
“Lake as Body” encompasses language as a landscape of mourning, the transfiguration and dis-location of the female body, female desire, connection and disconnection to the natural world, to culture, and to its manifestation in the internal world where voice is moored and unmoored. For me, it also means a sinuous, changing connection with my experiences of genealogy and geography (of Sicily and California), exile and return, death and loss. Publication is collaboration with readers, other writers, and artists. Publication can mean visibility for the otherwise invisible. It is a powerful, conscious act of culture creation. This conversation always makes my writing better: it is an interaction with the world outside of my own thinking.
Denise Leto was awarded a Poetry Fellowship in Sicily from the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference in 2014. Recent work involved a cross-genre collaboration and performance piece with cellist/composer Joan Jeanrenaud and choreographer Cid Pearlman entitled Your Body is Not a Shark. Denise wrote the book of poems/libretto published by North Beach Press.Waveform, her collaborative chapbook with Amber DiPietra, which explored the poetics of disability, was published by Kenning Editions. She was an artist in residence at the University of New Mexico, the University of Michigan, Djerassi, and was the Featured Poet at Kelsey Street Press Blog for August 2014. Denise was co-editor of the journal Sinister Wisdom’s special issue on Italian American Women Writers.