Cornell University

Ceaseless Waves

Thursday, October 6, 2022 at 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Sage Chapel
Central Campus

Ceaseless Waves

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Ceaseless Waves

Ceaseless Waves is a night of sounding out poetry and otherwise possibilities. The night will include a headlining poetry performance by award-winning and current Poet-in-Residence at the Guggenheim Museum Taylor Johnson. There will also be readings by Professor Lyrae van Clief-Stefanon, and current MFA in poetry students. The event will be moderated by W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of Literature Emeritus Professor Kenneth A. McClane. More artists will be confirmed, so do watch this space. 

Ceaseless Waves takes its name from a line of a poem by Haji Gora Haji, which is a poetic guide to navigating the ocean. Inspired by his poetics of sound repetition and ceaseless rhythm the night brings together artists, poets, and musicians to participate in a conspiring (together breathing) improvisation of poetry, performance, and sound. As Glissant writes “one way ashore, a thousand channels,” other tributaries of works that articulate the movement of this night are Audre Lorde, Alice Coltrane, Lucille Clifton, June Jordan, Harryette Mullen, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Raja Lubinetski, Fred Moten, fahima ife, Nina Simone, Simone White, Dorothea Smartt, Don Cherry, Kamau Brathwaite, Petero Kalulé, M NourbeSe Philip, and more.

 

Esther Kondo Heller (she/they) is a multilingual poet, writer, and experimental poetry filmmaker. They are a Barbican Young Poet 18/19, Black Obsidian fellow, Ledbury Critic, and Poet in the City producer. They have performed their poetry amongst other places at the Roundhouse, Literary Colloquium Berlin, and the Barbican. Her films have been shown at the Zebra Poetry Film Festival (Berlin), Visible Poetry Project (NYC), and Film Video Umbrella (London). They co-run a monthly radio show called Poetic Healing with Zen & Kondo on THF radio Berlin.

 

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