|THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 17 |
7pm | Poetry Reading: Cynthia Hogue and Jeannine Savard
|ASU Professor Cynthia Hogue reads from Or Consequence, a collection ranging from New Orleans slave narratives to poems that cross cultural and formal boundaries through inquiry and outrage. ASU Associate Professor Jeannine Savard presents Accounted For, lyrical poems told by a multifaceted persona responsible for discovering "the meaning of individual integrity through encounters with other and mirrored selves."|
Cynthia Hogue’s stunning new collection, Or Consequence, by turns bristles with spiked, jagged lines or rustles with deep emotion, in poems that range ambitiously from meditations on “freedom” in the central long poetic cycle based on an archival slave narrative to poems crossing cultural and formal boundaries. Hogue’s is an innovative poetics of inquiry and outrage, an analytic lyric striking a balance between methods of narrative and assemblage, and finally, between love and hope in the twenty-first century.
Accounted For is a collection of lyrical poems told by a multi-faceted persona responsible for discovering the meaning of individual integrity, regardless of the apparent self's impermanent nature. Many poems reveal encounters with other selves, mirrored selves, intimated, drawn, or fully detailed; each revealing a concern for or view into the illusion of time as it plays out in both the personal and social spheres. Prayer, dreams, invocations, meditations suggest relationship with the Unseen that sometimes bestows images that breach our natural world, our natural selves. Occasionally, the speaker will reveal its single self, or even a fractured self as the drama or circumstances in the poems require. The multi-layered or deconstructed self might manage varying perspectives, arrive at a temporary freedom from what binds it, achieve leverage, but when faith in a whole self's seed is present, she finds by turns, a depth to her vision, openness to a life and death mystery.