A Partly Common Language: Roundtable on the Poetics Essay Recording

View the full video recording of the panel discussion that celebrated the launch of Issue 3.48 (Fall 2022), our third and final issue of our 50th anniversary glossary series.

View the recording on YouTube Here.

Thursday, November 17, 2022

12:30 pm PST / 3:30 pm EST 

Most often someone writing a poem believes in, depends on, a delicate, vibrating range of difference, that an “I” can become a “we” without extinguishing others, that a partly common language exists to which strangers can bring their own heartbeat, memories, images.

—Adrienne Rich, “Someone Is Writing A Poem”

To celebrate the release of Issue 3.48 (Fall 2022), the third and final volume of our 50th anniversary glossary series, The Capilano Review invites you to join us for “A Partly Common Language: Roundtable on The Poetics Essay,” featuring Nicole BrossardStephen CollisLarissa LaiJami Macarty, and D.S. Marriott.

This roundtable explores the genre of the poetics essay: a creative, critical (or often hybrid) work that analyzes how poetry makes its meaning. It can champion a particular form or mode of expression, or explore a more broadly encompassing worldview from which poetic language emerges. It can offer context around the work of a poet, placing it in a cultural, political, and/or historical milieu. Each of the roundtable speakers, who have published work in the 50th anniversary issues that takes poetics as a point of contemplation, will read a short selection from their text. TCR Literary Editor Deanna Fong will lead a moderated discussion with the speakers, focusing on poetics as a crossroads between individual expression and cultural registers of speech—a “partly common language.” The discussion will be followed by a short Q&A. 

This event was co-sponsored by the Department of English at Simon Fraser University.

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