Posts Tagged ‘Matthew Dickman’

Panelists: Tara Betts, Matthew Dickman, Hadara Bar-Nadav, Doughty (Doc) Long

Regarding authors and their readers, the uses of poetry generally reflect academic exercises, cathartic venting, or some hybrid of the two. Applications for poetry, however, are endless. Poetry as Prayer/Poetry as Curse explored not only poems that prayed and cursed but also aspects behind their various intentions and inspirations. The poets present made no great jumps on their own, but reached great heights of pontification by building on one another’s points like layers slowly angling towards a specific peak. I’m not particularly religious and definitely would not put myself on the same plane of spirituality to which the panelists seem to subscribe, but there were more than enough interesting connections and talking points throughout the discussion to keeps anyone’s fancy.