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Writers Conference

Conference Schedule 2019

Conference Schedule 2019

Saturday, February 23, 2019, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The Direct Address of Objects with Sally Ball

Date(s): Saturday, February 23, 2019, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Basha, Old Main (view map)
Genre and Form(s): Poetry
Tags: Objects, Address

About the Session

An epistolary form offers intimacy and a sense of composure: the reader as voyeur, and the writer in charge, addressing a potential interlocutor, but one who will not, we all know, talk back—at least for now. There’s a sub-genre of the direct-address poem, one that might be both safer and stranger as a forum in which to work out a difficult idea: poems that talk to objects, poems that talk to some non-sentience. Why do we do it? To be freer of our own consciousness? To honor the ‘otherness’ we know must exist? To trick ourselves into a deeper place of reckoning than we feel able to approach with any witness actually watching, listening? The group will explore poems by Ponge, Vap, Koch, and Emanuel.

Meet the Presenter(s)

Photograph of Sally Ball

Sally Ball is the author of three collections of poems, Hold Sway, Wreck Me and Annus Mirabilis. An associate professor of English at Arizona State University, Ball is also an associate director of Four Way Books. She has been with the press for 23 of its 26 years. She has received fellowships from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, CAMAC Centre d’Art, and elsewhere.