Poetry Series: Solmaz Sharif @ Broadway Performance Hall, Seattle [11 February]

Poetry Series: Solmaz Sharif


139
11
February
19:30 - 21:00

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Broadway Performance Hall
Seattle
This is a reading by Solmaz Sharif.

Sharif is the author of the poetry collection LOOK, a finalist for the National Book Award and the PEN Open Book Award and the winner of the 2017 American Book Award for Poetry.

Sharif’s LOOK, asks us to see the ongoing costs of war as the unbearable loss of human lives and the insidious abuses against our everyday speech. In this virtuosic array of poems, lists, shards, and sequences, Sharif assembles her family’s and her own fragmented narratives in the aftermath of warfare. Those repercussions echo into the present day, in the grief for those killed in America’s invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, and in the discrimination endured at the checkpoints of daily encounter.

At the same time, these poems point to the ways violence is conducted against our language. Throughout this collection are words and phrases lifted from the Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms; in their seamless inclusion, Sharif exposes the devastating euphemisms deployed to sterilize the language, control its effects, and sway our collective resolve. But Sharif refuses to accept this terminology as given, and instead turns it back on its perpetrators. “Let it matter what we call a thing,” she writes. “Let me look at you.”

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