Saturday, August 3, 2019

With the Words

In my previous post, Without the Words, I filled you in about the poetry reading I took part in, and organized, at last month's Media Ecology Association convention. But all there was to share from it was a bunch of photographs, as no recording was made of the event.

Fortunately, though, I can share a reading from last year, which was part of an event sponsored by the New York Society for General Semantics. The poems are not the same ones I read last month in Toronto, I do have quite a lot of them after all, but hey, it's better than nothing, right?

The title of the program was The Language of Poetry 2, and here's how it's introduced on the NYSGS website:

Alfred Korzybski, founder of general semantics, wrote that, "poetry often conveys in a few sentences more of lasting values than a whole volume of scientific analysis" (Science and Sanity, p. 437). He understood that poetic language provides us with a set of tools for understanding, evaluating, and relating to our environment in ways that are different from and complementary to scientific language. Not surprisingly, then, since the start of its publication 75 years ago, the general semantics journal ETC has often featured poetry along with articles on language, perception, communication, and consciousness of abstracting.

On September 28, 2016, the New York Society for General Semantics held its first Language of Poetry session, and we were happy to host our second such program on April 4th, 2018. The program was moderated by Teresa Manzella, a member of the Board of Directors of the NYSGS.

I provided an introduction at the start of the event, and then turned it over to Terry Manzella, who introduced the participants, Patricia Carragon, Adeena Karasick, Marty Levinson, and me. If you want to listen to the other readings, you can do so over on the NYSGS website's Language of Poetry 2 page. I won't mind. I'm there too for that matter. But as a service to my faithful followers, I'll share my reading here on Blog Time Passing:

And while I'm at it, I might as well share the introduction I did at the start of the program:

And wait, there's more! We had a question and answer session after the readings that I might as well throw into the mix on this post:

And there you have it, words and all!

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