Join us on Friday, January 15, 6-7:30PM EST for Memory, Metaphor & Magic: Writing Poetic Memoir with Arisa White!
A note from Arisa: In Who’s Your Daddy, I was crafting a father’s absence and poetry was the best way to language the glimpses, the unseen: it offered freedom from cause-and-effect. Memory happens like poetry to me. It emphasizes the image and its emotional resonance and it leaps and associates, making metaphors to form connections. Because I was trying to connect with what was gone, to what was driving my unconscious behaviors, what was shaping my fears, and connect to what I was grieving, poetry and lyric’s magic gave me the space to explore and find my way to my father.
Participants will use their memories to resource personal metaphors to map out an absence that has had a profound impact on how they see or don’t see themselves in the world.
Arisa White is a Cave Canem fellow and an assistant professor of creative writing at Colby College. She is the author of You’re the Most Beautiful Thing That Happened and co-author of the middle-grade biography Biddy Mason Speaks Up. Forthcoming in March 2021 from Augury Books is her poetic memoir Who’s Your Daddy.
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