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Abracadabra Studio of Poetics & Gathered Gallery
23 North Huron Toledo Ohio
@ 7:30 pm Thursday May 9 presents:
A POETRY READING
by James Ferris
Poet of Cripples
Let me be a poet of cripples,
of hollow men and boys groping
to be whole, of girls limping toward
womanhood and women reaching back,
all slipping and falling toward the cavern
we carry within, our hidden void,
a place for each to become full, whole,
room of our own, a space to grow in ways
unimaginable to the straight
and the narrow, the small and similar,
the poor, normal ones who do not know
their poverty. Look with care, look deep.
Know that you are a cripple too.
I sing for cripples; I sing for you.
Widely published, Jim Ferris is the award-winning author of The Hospital Poems, The Facts of Life and Slouching Toward Guantanamo. His solo performance work, “Scars: A Love Story,” and other contributions led to his being named the 2011 Central States Outstanding Scholar in Performance Studies & Theater. Ferris holds a doctorate in Performance Studies and occupies the Ability Center Endowed Chair in Disabilities Studies at the University of Toledo.
GATHERED READINGS & JIM FERRIS: Information for reviewers, events calendars & the press:
Venue: Gathered Art Gallery & Studios, 32 N., Huron, Toledo OHIO, 43604.
Abracadabra Studio of Poetics, located on the 2nd floor at the same address, offers independent instruction in poetry and poetics, periodic poetry workshops and small group conversations on topics of interest to poets and writers. Instruction begins September 2013.
Nature of the Event: Sponsored by Abracadabra Studio of Poetics and Gathered Gallery, and hosted by Lucas County Poet Laureate Joel Lipman, Gathered Readings feature a single guest writer and provide audiences opportunity to experience a significant long poem, sequential composition or thematically unified suite of work by a well-published author. Presenting poets characteristically perform two sets, with a 20-minute intermission during which the gallery is open and the author available for book signing.
Jim Ferris: Quotes and Notes
“When I walk, my body goes sideways as well as forward. I lean to the left — something to do with balance, I suppose. When I walk, my left knee points one way, my left foot another, my right foot still another. Don’t worry — I usually manage to get where I’m going. But when I walk, some part of me is mindful of the output of energy, mindful of the pressure my brace puts on odd spots on my leg, mindful of the years of sores and scars and pain that have been some greater or lesser part of walking for me. I may enjoy the walk — I may even walk for pleasure — but when I walk, I aim to get somewhere. If my meters are sprung, if my feet are uneven, if my path is irregular, that’s just how I walk. And how I write.”
from “The Enjambed Body: A Step Toward a Crippled Poetics,” by Jim Ferris, published in The Georgia Review -- Special Issue: Poetry and Poiesis
Ferris on the artistic responsibility of the poet:
“It’s crucial for poets and other artists to participate not only in the discourse of their time but also in the specialized discourse of their art. How else can you make a contribution?
“Another responsibility to future artists, I think, is to do the best work we possibly can, to make their lives difficult, to make it as hard as possible for them to surpass us, William Stafford might argue with me on this, but setting the bar low is not, to my mind, making much of a contribution. I want to set it as high as possible, like Berryman and Strand, Auden and Roethke, Frost, Stevens, Yeats, Rilke, Hopkins – like so many poets have given me.”
from an interview with Jim Ferris, by Nicele Davis, Connotation Press,: April, 2013
About Ferris’s 2011 collection, Slouching Toward Guantanamo, Sami Schalk writes “…yes, this is indeed a book of disability poetry, but it is not the sentimental, inspirational, or melodramatic stereotype that disability studies has so adamantly resisted. Instead, Slouching Toward Guantanamo strikes a keen balance between an inside joke and invitation into the club of disability culture.” (Disability Studies Quarterly, V32, #2, 2012)
additional information contact: Joel Lipman
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; cell: 419.490.4384;
or Gathered Gallery at: email@example.com