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THE TOPOLOGY OF BEING: Writing About Place
“Is it certain that a true poet occupies a place? Is the poet not that which, in the eminent sense of the term, loses place, ceases occupation, precisely, and is thus the very opening of space?” queries French philosopher Emmanuel Levinas, in his book NOMS PROPRES. Via sample poems and the composition of our own poems, we will investigate how poets construct place as both a literal and an ontological location, asking these questions: How do we locate ourselves? How do we dislocate and relocate ourselves? Is a poem a means of placement—or displacement—for its writer and its reader/listener? How does place construct the self, via the places/placements—natural and manmade, loved and loathed—and displacements of our childhood and adulthood, our ancestry, our travels, and our imagination?

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MARJ HAHNE is a freelance editor and writing teacher, and a 2015 MFA graduate from the Rainier Writing Workshop, with a concentration in poetry. She has performed and taught at over 100 venues around the country, as well as been featured on public radio and television programs. Her poems have appeared in literary journals, anthologies, art exhibits, and dance performances. www.MarjHahne.com / Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MarjHahne / YouTube: https://bit.ly/2LxHUG2
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