In Navajo worldview, thought creates the world, which is then spoken into being. This process places sacred value on the power of language. Sherwin Bitsui’s poetry attempts to connect Diné thought to a changed world by translating the present through an encoding rooted in his culture and language. In this excerpt from his talk at Harvard Divinity School, he offered insight into how Navajo thought and language can inform a poetics, thus opening possibilities for poetry.
Sherwin Bitsui is the author of three collections of poetry: Dissolve, Flood Song, and ...
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André Aciman, author of Call Me by Your Name, and writer Benjamin Balint discuss themes of exile and homecoming, of time, place, identity, and art across Aciman’s works of fiction and nonfiction.... Read more about Video: On Exile and Elsewhere
Religious traditions insist on the importance of cultivating our faculty of attention, whether it be attention to ourselves, others, our environment, or the presence of the divine in any of these three. This panel will explore whether and how the practice of writing, especially fiction writing, helps us cultivate this art of attention. What is it about writing, and the imagination and patience required, that helps us learn how better to attend?... Read more about Video: Writing and the Art of Attention