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Saturday, March 14 • 9:00am - 10:50am
Two Friends Talk About Personal History, Race, Poet Imagining, and Cosmology

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The merit proposed in this conversation comes from the sense that the racial imaginary differs in every individual, and it is our collective imaginaries that make up a more public imaginary of our time. In addition, our imaginaries are personal, as our imaginaries take our personal history (including our reading) and, in our public work, transform experience into poetry. Poetry is an act of faith in language and in person. In the case of these two writers, we witness a lifetime of experience touching on racial matters, and a lifetime of poetic exploration from and within this experience. If one finds merit in the primary works of these two poets, and in their honest exploration of their own experience and issues, and if one finds merit in the nature of poetic transformation, then merit will be found in this conversation.

In addition, these two friends are excited to embrace a new possibility for their relationship, as one black man from California and one white man now living in Texas, question themselves and each other. This is drama, live and unfettered. It invites your witness, and your participation.

The title of the conference is “THINKING ITS PRESENCE.” What we propose is the 
immediate presence of thinking about the primary issue of this conference, thinking 
through history, through poetry, and through poetics; thinking in real time.


Charles H. Alexander

Artist: Poet, Bookmaker, founder/director of Chax Press. Author of 5 full- length books of poetry and 10 brief chapbooks of poetry, editor of one critical work on the state of the book arts in America, author of multiple essays, articles, and reviews. Most recent book of poetry is Pushing  Water, published by Cuneiform Press, and the chapbook Some Sentences Look for Some Periods, from Little Red Leaves. Has taught literature... Read More →


Will Alexander

The historic/mythic sites of Charles Alexander’s work move from his youthful spaces of Central Oklahoma, to his long-time desert territory in Arizona, to the mythic places of Arthur and possible anoethenau (hidden valuable things that might be found once again).  Charles Alexander grew up in an ethnic mix as a son of a military personnel officer and an educator. Later, in Oklahoma, his youthful companions were white... Read More →

Saturday March 14, 2015 9:00am - 10:50am
UC 331

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