If Opposites Attract: When Experimental Poets Meet Instapoets

Conversations  |  Youth Fringe  |  Cross-genre  |  English  |  1 hr

19 Nov Sat, 1.00pm - 2.00pm
Festival Pass  - $30
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From calligrams, to using code to generate and reshuffle the lines to a poem on a webpage, experimental poets explore unconventional ways of conveying the message of their work. Instapoetry, on the other hand, taps on the power of the social media platform and its generally younger user base, and tend to be more “relatable” or “#inspirational”. Does a poem have to be easily accessible or understood by the masses? How does the relatability of a poem affect its reader’s impressions of it? What is and what isn’t poetry? What happens when we put experimental poets and instapoets together in the same room? We ask these experimental and insta-poets to explore what constitutes poetry in this day and age, and how these varying forms of poetry are something anyone can enjoy.

This session is co-presented with Sing Lit Station.

Youth Moderator

Nicole Bruma is an aspiring wordsmith who's kinda, sorta getting there with words. Other than blissfully (sometimes stressfully) absorbing multi-medium case studies of art, they might be spotted prowling the streets, looking for local events to crash. But, they are often found at home self-reflecting amid their hoarded pile of pretty miscellany. You can find them on Instagram at @storkwrangler.