JSTOR presents: Spectres, Traces, Phantoms, and Sparks: A Poetry Séance by Dorothea Lasky

In this combination lecture/reading/séance, we will explore the idea of the unseen, the imperceptible, and the ghostly in poetry.

By looking at the ghosts that haunt poems by Wallace Stevens, Bhanu Kapil, Anne Sexton, and others, we will consider imagination as a physical space that one shares with other people in and through poetry. In a poem we make a haunted land to mimic this haunted one, and we populate this land with physical reality to connect this world to the next (to other ones).

A belief in a material imagination is important to me as a poet, because I want to not just recreate this one through poetry. I want a never-ending, generative universe that poetry can help create.

Dorothea Lasky is a poet and the author of four full-length collections of poetry: ROME (Liveright/W.W. Norton), Thunderbird, Black Life, and AWE. Her writing has appeared in POETRY, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The Atlantic, and Boston Review, among other places. She is a co-editor of Open the Door: How to

Excite Young People About Poetry (McSweeneys, 2013). In 2013, she was awarded a fellowship from The Babley Wright Lecture Series on Poetry

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