Word Chaser @ Cafe Racer: March Madness
Kilam Tel Aviv
Music by Moe Provencher
I traveled to AWP in San Antonio last week to read from my book, truth be bold—Serenading Life & Death in the Time of AIDS, on the panel The Poetry of Pandemic: Children, Death, and Fucking. (Robert Carr, C. Russell Price, Madelyn Garner, Julene Tripp Weaver, Jason Schneiderman).
This cross-generational panel sings pandemic through poetry at the most intimate level: a poet who lost her son to HIV, a poet linking 30 years of public health activism to poetry, a poet navigating her bisexual identity while living with HIV, a poet documenting addiction and sex in the world of PrEP and U = U, a genderqueer poet of apocalypse confronting the binary. This panel cuts through the crap of generational difference. We invite you, your lovers, and your dead. Join the discussion.
The panel, on Friday March 6th, was particularly relevant in regards to the current upheaval of COVID-19, which almost canceled the conference. Robert Carr moderated the panel with a brief overview in his introduction reminding us to respect each other’s decisions and the ways we decide to take care of ourselves. Of the panelists, C. Russel Price, was unable to attend, but he sent a recording of his brutally honest poems which set the tone for our reading.