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Distraction and Poetry: Kimberly Campanello and Caleb Klaces

Friday 15 October / 7pm (BST) / 2pm (EST) / Online

 

In ‘USE VALUE’, published in The White Review No. 31, Kimberly Campanello reflects, ‘If I had fed | into the meeting | there would have | been an outcome.’ Why was the speaker of the poem not attentive at the meeting? What was she up to? What is the ‘use value’ of such a worker? Elsewhere, Caleb Klaces dissects the mind in ‘First Time Again’: ‘an awareness, then, I should say, that immediately following the present focus of attention, which itself was, by virtue of that attention, smudged’. A state of distraction is seldom appreciated in the modern world, but could it inspire poetry? The White Review’s poetry editor Roop Majumdar joins the two poets to discuss their interest in distraction – both as a subject for poetry and as an organising principle.

 

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KIMBERLY CAMPANELLO’s most recent project is MOTHERBABYHOME, a 796-page poetry-object and reader’s edition book (zimZalla, 2019) comprising conceptual and visual poetry on the St Mary’s Mother and Baby Home in Tuam, Ireland. She was awarded an Arts Council Ireland Literature Project Award for sorry that you were not moved, a digital writing collaboration with Christodoulos Makris and Fallow Media launching in November 2021. She lectures at the University of Leeds.

 

CALEB KLACES is the author, most recently, of the poetry collection Away From Me. His novel, Fatherhood, was published in 2019. He teaches at the York Centre for Writing at York St John University.

 

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