Some new controversies have arisen at the intersection of race and poetics. Among other things, this talk and reading will explore the formal implications of the anacorrespondent, spookily and distantly active rub of blackness and experimentation, generativity and discovery. Or, you could put it one of two ways: “Why don’t black poets have time to write poems?” “Why does black poetry have time neither for poems nor poets?”
Fred Moten is author of In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition, Hughson’s Tavern, B. Jenkins, The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study (with Stefano Harney), The Feel Trio and The Little Edges. A three-volume collection of essays, Stolen Life/consent not to be a single being/Black and Blur and a new book of poems, The Service Porch, are forthcoming in 2016. Moten teaches at the University of California, Riverside and also serves intermittently as a writing faculty member in the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Bard College and in the Summer Writers Program at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, Naropa Institute. Cofounder and Co-publisher (with Joseph Donahue) of a small literary press called Three Count Pour, Moten lives in Los Angeles with his partner, Laura Harris, and their sons Lorenzo and Julian.
Co-presented by The Capilano Review.