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CANCELLED—Julian Talamantez Brolaski, The End of the Line: Rhyme and the Poetics of Authority

Saturday, February 18, 2023
Event Time 07:00 p.m. - 08:30 p.m. PT
Contact Email poetry@sfsu.edu



Poet and scholar Julian Talamantez Brolaski returns to the Bay Area. Join us in person at East Bay Media Center in downtown Berkeley, for this program co-presented by The Poetry Center and Small Press Traffic, with support from the Bagley Wright Lecture Series on Poetry

This event is free and open to the public. 

Livestream video via our co-host, Small Press Traffic.

The End of the Line: Rhyme and the Poetics of Authority
This talk explores the role end rhyme has to play in the construction of poetic authority.  Rhyme sets up an epistemological paradox: forms and meanings seem to correlate, and thus to be true and trustworthy, but there are reasons to distrust what the poet says at line’s end.  Rhyme is a potent locus in which the problem of believability is foregrounded.  It also foregrounds, through its reliance on artifice, the presence of an author or authors.  I’m interested in the relationship of these properties to rhyme position, which I discuss as a place where formal constraint can result in the display or concealment of poetic skill.

Julian Talamantez Brolaski (it / its / itself) is poet and country singer, the author of Of Mongrelitude (Wave Books, 2017), Advice for Lovers (City Lights 2012), and gowanus atropolis (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2011). With Juan & the Pines, Julian released an EP, Glittering Forest, in 2019; its first full-length solo album is coming out this fall. Julian is the recipient of the 2020 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Cy Twombly Award for Poetry and a 2021 Pew Foundation Fellowship. Its poetry was recently included in When the Light of the World was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through: A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry (2020) and We Want It All: An Anthology of Radical
Trans Poetics
 (Nightboat 2020).

Photo by Ryan Collerd.


Julian Talamantez Brolaski and Garrett Caples at The Poetry Center: February 15, 2018


Juan & the Pines, Glittering Forest EP at Bandcamp


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