POETRY AS REFUGE AND RESISTANCE
Poet Phil Metres, author of the new essay collection The Sound of Listening: Poetry as Refuge and Resistance will talk about his book on Saturday, December 1st at 5 p.m.
Gathering a decade of his writing on poetry, Metres widens our sense of poetry as a way of being in the world, proposing that poems can offer a permeability to marginalized voices and a shelter from the imperial noise and despair that can silence us. The Sound of Listening ranges between expansive surveys of the poetry of 9/11, Arab American poetry, documentary poetry, landscape poetry, installation poetry, and peace poetry; personal explorations of poets such as Adrienne Rich, Khalil Gibran, Lev Rubinstein, and Arseny Tarkovsky; and intimate dialogues with Randa Jarrar, Fady Joudah, and Micah Cavaleri, that illuminate Metres's practice of listening in his 2015 work, Sand Opera.
Phil Metres is the author of nine books of poems, translation, and criticism. The recipient of a Lannan Fellowship, two Arab American Book Awards, and the Cleveland Arts Prize, among other honors, he is professor of English and director of the Peace, Justice, and Human Rights program at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio.