Poetry Coalition: Organizing around Themes of Social Importance
In March 2017, the National Poetry Coalition launched its first annual programming initiative focused on a theme of social importance. Each organization in the Poetry Coalition presented programs and projects on the theme of migration, under the title Because We Come from Everything: Poetry & Migration. As part of this initiative, the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Program hosted a special event that featured documentary film, visual art and poetry speaking to the theme of migration in the natural world.
This March, the National Poetry Coalition will be launching its next initiative, Where My Dreaming and My Loving Live: Poetry & the Body, taken from a line in the Tracy K. Smith poem "Flores Woman."
“Where My Dreaming and My Loving Live”
The rich, overarching theme of Poetry & the Body lends itself to a multitude of questions, conversations and explorations of what it means to inhabit this earth embodied. Throughout the month of March, poetry organizations around the country will be organizing unique events, programs and publications that address many different issues related to the body, and will be using the hashtags #PoetryCoalition and #MyDreamingMyLoving to share their projects.
As part of this celebration, the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Program is launching the month-long Whose Body? Project. The question Whose Body? is one that arises again and again as we consider the various issues that can be addressed when we consider Poetry & the Body, including body image, body trauma, environment & the body, the marginalized body, the incarcerated body, body politics, healing & the body, the gendered body, the non-gendered body, senses & the body, and many others.
Throughout the month of March, Dodge Poetry will feature eight video posts (two per week), of poets using poetry (their own or others’) to approach the question “Whose Body?” from any perspective they choose. The poets participating in this project are:
The videos will be posted on our Tumblr page.
We will also be encouraging anyone who wants to engage with the Whose Body? question on social media to respond to these videos and share their own reflections with the hashtag #WhoseBody.
On March 15th, Dodge Poetry social media accounts will be taken over by the #WhoseBody hashtag as we fill our feeds with images and words that speak back to the stream of stylized, filtered and edited bodies that we see on our screens every day.
The Dodge Poetry Staff and friends will be sharing posts that celebrate and praise our bodies, exactly as they are, and we hope that you’ll join us and do the same using #WhoseBody
Celebration and Reclamation: March 24th Event
To culminate this month of Poetry & the Body, we will be hosting the Whose Body? Celebration and Reclamation event in Princeton, New Jersey, featuring a diverse group of poets in a day of performances, readings, conversations and writing activities approaching the question from many points of view.
Featured performers include: C. Bain • Kay Ulanday Barrett • Mahogany L. Browne • Robert Carnevale • Cortney Charleston • Ona Gritz • Nicole Homer • Priscilla Orr • JC Todd • Margaret Waldock • Rachel Wiley
This celebration, open to the public, will be held on Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 10 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Registration is now open.
#MyDreamingMyLoving #PoetryCoalition #WhoseBody