To be *out of* something is both to be beyond the confines of that thing and to have emerged from it. The way poetry might be said to run parallel to the rest of life and also to spring from it. To be *out of place*: not just to not belong, but to no longer be somewhere out of which you have come.
A place is a project: an ongoing attempt to designate the boundaries and purpose of a given (or taken) space. A tradition is like a place: it includes, it excludes. One can run out of space. One can get run out of space. And “place,” of course, is not a neutral term, its boundaries negotiated and enforced by power.
We are interested in outsider traditions, poetic legacies, the history of the East Village/The Poetry Project, gentrification, colonialism, belonging and place. We welcome poets to interpret the concept of *out of place* however they see fit.
With Ken Chen, Julie Ezelle Patton, Anne Waldman, and Rachel Zucker. Moderated by Erica Hunt.
Followed by wine reception.