Ada Limon Craft Talk —On Duende & the Ladder: Mystery and Hope in Poetry


Tuesday, January 30, 2018
8:00 am - 9:00 am


Lorca defined Duende as having four distinct elements: irrationality, earthiness, a close awareness of death, and the diabolical. In this craft lecture, we’ll look at ways contemporary poetry can balance the elements of Duende while still conveying a sense of hope to the reader. By exploring poems that deftly balance both the dark and the light, we’ll also be paying close attention to how the bones of poetry—line, syntax, and music—set the foundation for a new way of making sense of the world.

Ada Limón is the author of four books of poetry, including Bright Dead Things, which was named a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award in Poetry, a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, a finalist for the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award, and one of the Top Ten Poetry Books of the Year by The New York Times. Her other books include Lucky WreckThis Big Fake World, and Sharks in the Rivers. She serves on the faculty of Queens University of Charlotte Low Residency MFA program, and the 24Pearl Street online program for the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. She also works as a freelance writer splitting her time between Lexington, Kentucky and Sonoma, California.

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Sarah Lawrence College Esther Raushenbush Library, 2nd Floor Library Meeting Room
1 Mead Way
Bronxville, New York 10708
Handicap Accessible? Yes

Date: Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Times: 8:00 am - 9:00 am

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