It’s Better to Speak
“When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.” -Audre Lorde
Join us for a weekly writing, reading, and discussion course exploring how poetry can be protest. This casual class will give students the opportunity to dive into poetry from around the world, and offer a supportive space for students to express themselves, personally and politically, through their own writing. The classes are free to attend and students are welcome to come for one session or all three. The class will culminate in an optional student performance and reading on 2/15/18, which will raise funds to support Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio.
Week 1 (1/24/18): Manifesta: An exploration of feminist poetry in collaboration with Power to the Polls Week of Action. Following the Women’s March on 1/20, organizations all over Cincinnati are offering opportunities to get and stay involved in political action leading up to the 2018 election.
Week 2 (1/31/18): Making Peace: Anti-war poems and the poetry of justice. From Auden’s “September 1, 1939” to Vietnam protests to contemporary poet in the Trump era, poetry has had a role to play in the fight for a more equitable, peaceful world.
Week 3 (2/7/18): On Witness: As poet Carolyn Forché writes, “We distinguish between ‘personal’ and ‘political’ poems–the former calling to mind lyrics of love and emotional loss, the latter indicating a public partisanship that is considered divisive, even when necessary. The distinction between the personal and the political gives the political realm too much and too little scope; at the same time, it renders the personal too important and not important enough.” This class explores the intersection of the personal and political and how that informs poetry and expression.
About the instructor: Kamal E. Kimball is a Cincinnati poet, member of the Cincinnati DIY Writers, and the Ohio Poetry Association. Her work has been published in Rattle, Hobart, One, Sundog Lit, Bone Parade, The Sow's Ear Poetry Review, Zetetic, Kaaterskill Basin Literary Journal, Literati Magazine, Indolent Books, Califragile, and elsewhere. She was a finalist in the 2017 Poetry Superhighway contest. She works as a freelance grant writer and journalist, and teaches at UC’s Communiversity.