Parrhesia in a Post-Fact Regime

What is truth, and how does one speak truth in a post-fact, post-truth era? How should poetry, an art form firmly invested in fiction, artifice, as well as multiple types of truth, embrace or look askance at a contemporary moment and modality that no longer adheres to logic? In this craft talk, using the rhetorical figure of parrhesia, which means to speak candidly and boldly in the face of authority even under the threat of death, I will investigate how poetry and poets might utilize parrhesia as both resistance and potential engine for the creation of poems and poetry. Through consideration of texts that range from the *Iliad* to Solmaz Sharif's *LOOK,* we will examine how these texts engage and participate in both truth, parrhesia, and invention.

This project is funded in part by a grant from the Madison Arts Commission, with additional funds from the Wisconsin Arts Board.

This craft talk is co-sponsored by HotelRed. 

Roger Reeves poet W.W. Norton

Roger Reeves’s first book of poems is King Me, which won the VCU’s Larry Levis Reading Prize. He’s won a Whiting Award in 2015, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 2013, and a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University. His next book, On Paradise, is forthcoming from W.W. Norton.

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