Panel

What's the use of poetry?

‘We have poetry/ So we do not die of history’ – Meena Alexander

Poetry has often made a virtue out of its "uselessness". Poetry, the argument goes, is valuable because it is not history/politics/economics. But in a world of climate change and social divisions, should poetry merely stand aside? What can poetry do? Can it foster understanding? Can it help us listen to ourselves and to others? Does it motivate activism, act as witness? Or is it, in the end, inadequate to these challenges?

3.30 pm to 4.45 pm

Main Hall, Gorman Arts Centre

55 Ainslie Street, Braddon

Mani Rao

Caren Florance

Martin Dolan

Jen Crawford

Hosted by

Jen Webb

Cost:

Free (but please register your attendance)

Mani Rao
Caren Florance
Martin Dolan
Jen Crawford

Mani Rao

Caren Florance

Martin Dolan

Jen Crawford

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