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AWP Panel--Poets on Craft: "The Furious and Burning Duende"

  • Los Angeles Convention Center Los Angeles, CA (map)

Lorca tells us that the artist is possessed by duende, a malign spirit that burns the blood like powdered glass. This panel (Oliver de la Paz, Sandra Beasley, Mahogany Brown, Jacqueline Jones LaMon, and Danielle Barnhart) asks if poets can or should summon duende at will. Is it fleeting and ephemeral, or can it be harnessed as an instrument of craft? Five poets who have written about and with duende share their experiences invoking the dark, elusive creative force. We promise fiery exchanges on this evocative subject.