May 22, 2007

Poetry: The Desiring "I" Workshop

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One section of the symposium, ‘Women Writing Rape’ on the 28th April 2007 was a creative writing workshop run by Zoë Brigley. Zoë drew on a talk by Vicki Bertram at the recent conference, British and Irish Contemporary Poetry. In her talk, Bertram suggested that woman writers feel anxiety about or actually avoid writing in the lyric “I”. She cites Sarah Maguire who suggests that the ‘fiction of a desiring I’ is difficult for women and that it contradicts a certain kind of conventional femininity. For more please see the website at this link:

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  1. Thylias Moss

    What an important symposium this is I must say, even after these events have transpired. Thank you for offering it. I won’t assume that my name means anything to you, but in addition to my role as a Professor of English and Art & Design at the University of Michigan, I’m the author of ten books, and I’ve won many major literary awards in the States. The topic of writing rape is one I’ve addressed in an April 2007 gallery installation, and in a series of prose poems collected under the title Looking for My Killer. Some of these prose poems have appeared in a number of journals, and my publisher was going to offer the collection as my 11th volume, but the material has proven too controversial for the publisher. Once I’ve completed the current Neurological Winter series, I plan on posting the Looking for My Killer pieces one by one in my blog A Limited Forker Girl’s Tines: (the fork acknowledges Limited Fork Poetics, a literary theory I developed that studies interacting language systems: visual, sonic, olfactory, & tactile systems on all scales. You can find out more about LFP in my blogs).

    LFMK (looking for my killer), a related video poam (product of an act of making according to LFP principles), may be seen here. This video poam is structured as a form of PSA presented by a woman attempting to lure attackers to herself in order to prevent those attackers from assaulting someone else.

    I am honored to be part of this symposium even if only by way of a comment.

    Feel free to contact me.

    10 Nov 2007, 07:36

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