12 Open Poetry Reading At U.Va. Will Focus On War
February 11, 2003--
An open poetry reading Wednesday, Feb. 12, at the University
of Virginia will take as its theme the threat of war with Iraq and
is planned in response to the White House’s postponement of
a poetry celebration that day. Open to the public, the reading will
be held at 8 p.m. in Minor Hall auditorium.
program, “Poetry Forum: American Voices, or, the War,”
will welcome the reading of poems against the war, for the war,
or about war or “the American voice” in general, said
Jim Cocola, an English literature graduate student organizing the
reading is one of several planned across the country this week in
response to the possibility of war and to a controversy over the
White House’s postponement of a Feb. 12 symposium called “Poetry
and the American Voice.” With some symposium participants
planning to speak against the war, “It would be inappropriate
to turn a literary event into a political forum,” a White
House statement said announcing the postponement. The event was
planned as a celebration of the diversity of American poetry.
you are for the wider war, against the wider war, unsure about the
wider war or reluctant to speak at all regarding the wider war,
if you care about poetry you are likely to care about these developments,”
poets Gregory Orr and Debra Nystrom are among several poets who
plan to read at the event, he said.
U.S. poet laureate Rita Dove, a U.Va. English professor, issued
a statement last week saying she had intended to decline the national
symposium invitation because the Bush administration “is not
interested in poetry” as much as advancing its policies.
Bob Brickhouse, (434) 924-6856