Poetry painted on the Southern landscape is what organizers say are in store for any who attend the “Poetry on the Porch” event on April 18 at 5:30 p.m, hosted by the Center for the Study of the American South and Southern Cultures magazine.
On the lawn of the “Love House,” home to the Center for the Study of the American South, poets Tiana Clark and Emilia Phillips will bring their messages and emotions to Chapel Hill through their poetry on topics surrounding the Southern living experience.
Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Southern Cultures’ poetry editor, said these poets will be a powerhouse together. Both poets discuss pain and violence associated with the South in their poetry.
“I’m not really interested in having people in the magazine and reading for us who aren't deeply engaged with the contemporary moment,” Calvocoressi said.
“I absolutely wanted poets who students could hear but students could also, within those poems, feel heard by,” Calvocoressi said.
Clark recently published her book “I Can’t Talk About the Trees Without the Blood” discussing her experiences and reflections on violence in the South.
“I can’t look at the landscape of the South without thinking about the history, without thinking about lynchings and blood on the trees, as Billie Holiday sang,” Clark said.
Growing up in Nashville, Tenn., Clark said she’s seen a lot of pain and violence regarding the Southern landscape.