[Blueboard] Kritika Kultura lecture on poetry

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Wed Sep 6 12:11:52 PHT 2006


Kritika Kultura and
the Department of English

invite you to a lecture by




25 September 2006
Monday, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Social Sciences Building Audio-Visual Room
Ateneo de Manila University

As an ontological ambiguity, suicide eludes discourse. While presuming
that the most ethical treatment of suicide may be a vigilance to its
circumstantial possibility in life, the present essay treats suicide first
as a word that flees its temporally distant referent, then as a literary
trope in poems. Understood as a trope, suicide opens to creative
configuration and reconfiguration; to write about it is to invent a
language that could address its impossibility. Donald Justice's "For the
Suicides of 1962" and Frank Bidart's "The Sacrifice" are studied as
variations of a similar address---forms of resistance against the
reductive judgment of the life and death of an other.

Author's Bio:
Marc Gaba graduated Valedictorian of the U.P. College of Arts and Letters.
One of only a handful of Filipinos to obtain an M.F.A. from the University
of Iowa Writers' Workshop, he is currently on leave from the University of
Denver's PhD program in Creative Writing. He was recently awarded the 2006
Boston Review Poetry Prize.

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