|(L-R, me, Jennifer Jean, Amanda Torres, Joseph O. Legaspi)|
Day 1 at Dodge is me is actually Day 2 for the festival. We arrived yesterday around 2 p.m. to catch a bit of high school day. It was great to see busloads of students listening so intently to poets talk about how they do what they do.
We sat in on a talk yesterday with John Murillo, Larissa Szporluk, and Raul Zurita with translator Daniel Borzutsky called "Conversation: On the Life of the Poet." Good bits of wisdom shared between the poets and the audience. Lots of talk on the centrality of self , and the idea that the work is more important than the author. As Raul Zurita said, "We write toward that moment when we cease to write about ourselves and write about everyone."
So I'm off to immerse myself fully in the day. May try a few mini posts from Dodge village. More to come.