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WWI Commemoration Events: A Conscientious Objector With a Very Seared Conscience

Nov. 2, 2018. Lyric Essay Reading at University of Illinois, Chicago, 3-5 PM in the Institute for the Humanities, 701 South Morgan, Chicago, IL

Poetry reading, and discussion about writing about the trauma of war:

In a letter, Wilfred Owen once described himself as "a conscientious objector with a very seared conscience." That description seems to accurately describe what I've often felt as a journalist and poet who, by writing about refugees, inevitably finds himself writing about mental and physical wounds. So by looking back at World War I poets like Wilfred Owen and David Jones, I'll explore what's at stake in learning how to speak the language of the wound in our contemporary world.

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