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August 24, 2020 58 min

The Anthropocenic condition gives us “a sense of the proximity we have to things we might otherwise have thought very distant from us.” David Farrier, author of Anthropocene Poetics, discusses deep time, extinction, and intimacy, asking how poetry can help us think about and live in the Anthropocene by reframing our intimate relationship with geological time. David is professor of literature and the environment at the University of Edinburgh, and he is joined here in conversation by Adam Dickinson, who is the author of four books of poetry including Anatomic. Adam is a professor in the English department at Brock University in Ontario. This edited conversation was recorded in July 2020. For more information, please visit z.umn.edu/poetics. Topics discussed include diffraction-based poetics; Donna Haraway's reminder that we are kin-making beings; the concept of the Clinamen; Evelyn Reilly; Elizabeth Bishop; Seamus Heaney; Deborah Bird Rose; Karen Barad; Alfred Jarry. Additionally, David and Adam recommend poets whose work addresses the Anthropocene: Brenda Hillman Angela Rawlings Harryette Mullen Juliana Spahr Jen Bervin Alexis Pauline Gumbs Liz Howard Dea Antonsen and Ida Bencke Morten Søndergaard Karin Bolender Amanda Ackerman Craig Santos Perez Sean Hewitt

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