The StAnza Lecture: Access All Areas
From 1 April the StAnza 2021 festival content on this page is no longer available. However, we are delighted that the lecture is available to read in print at this link >>
Suppose we were to take full ownership of the palace of poetic tradition, move in and create our own wayward commune? Some say this happened long ago; that we already occupy that palace. Some say we are a house divided; some say we should burn the palace down and build a new one. But suppose we acknowledge, finally, that it is very fine, fitting and true that we share this evolving palace of delights with its many ghosts; that we enrich the present by choosing to engage in non-partisan and generous dialogue with the past, joyfully exploring, subverting, inventing and reinventing poetic form.
You can read the poems Jacqueline discusses online:
- “What lips my lips have kissed, and where, and why” by Edna St. Vincent Millay
- Leda and the Swan by W.B. Yeats
- Leda and the Swan by Jacqueline Saphra
- Not Waving but Drowning by Stevie Smith
- The rites for Cousin Vit by Gwendolyn Brooks
- My Brother at 3 A.M. by Natalie Diaz
- “I lock you in an American sonnet that is part prison” by Terence Hayes
Jacqueline’s lecture will be streamed on this page and followed by a Zoom Q&A. Sign up when tickets go live to be sent the Zoom link in advance, or join via the link shared here at the end of the lecture.
Just return to this webpage to view the first half of the event, which will be captioned and remain available to watch until 31 March. Both the lecture and the Q&A will include BSL interpretation.