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Love Me in Your Language with LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs
How many languages/tongues do you speak? How many landscapes does your body navigate? How deeply do you listen? Does everything have to be completely understood? Through a series of writing exercises, a bit of translation/mistranslation and the use of Butch Morris’ Conduction Theory, we’ll explore the possibilities of writing and performance while not seeking to become performance poets. During this six weeks, we will look at excerpts from A Manifesto for Discomfortable Writing and A Manifesto for Ultratranslation. Other readings may include Clarence Major, Jai Arun Ravine, James Thomas Stevens with Caroline Sinavaiana, Norman H. Pritchard and Tusiata Avia. We will also take full advantage of utilizing the Poets House library as both reference and site specific art space.
LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs is the author of the poetry collection TwERK and several chapbooks, as well as the album Television . She has been a poetry editor for the online arts journal exittheapple and is a founding editor of YoYo/SO4 magazine. Diggs’s interdisciplinary work has been featured in exhibits at several New York museums, including the Whitney and the Museum of Modern Art.