Triple Canopy | 264 Canal Street
Sunday, June 12
155 Freeman Street, Brooklyn, New York
$5 suggested donation, free for members
Please join Triple Canopy for two readings and a conversation with poets Aisha Sasha John and Gwen Muren on the social lives of poems, their movements and transformations on and off the page, from page to screen and vice versa, and into speech. We come to The Point of the Meeting with familiar questions: What are the poet’s materials? How does a poem look (or sound)? Who or what is speaking, and to whom? Yet the objects of our investigation are new. Muren’s recent contribution to Triple Canopy’s Pointing Machines issue, “The Twinning Room,” is a series of poems incorporating texts at once about and drawn from the body—biometric data, biomedical reports, love letters—forming a “collected lungg,” a “placental daydream.” These poems offer multiple points of entry; they demand at once to be looked at, read, and performed. John’s work similarly investigates the body’s maneuvers and encounters—with other bodies, with objects—in space and time. As John writes, “Things matter and / thank God.” Muren and John’s respective engagements with the body also find expression beyond their writing practices; Muren is a multidisciplinary performance artist and John is a dancer.
Muren is the author of Glitch (2014) from Crater Press. John is the author of The Shining Material (2011) and, most recently, THOU (2014), two long narrative poems that explore the social space constructed by the word “you.” A selection of poems from John’s forthcoming collection will be published in Vanitas, an upcoming issue of Triple Canopy. The Point of the Meeting will include readings by both poets followed by a conversation between John and Muren, moderated by Triple Canopy associate editor Emily Wang.