Spells and Invocations: Poetry's Power to Bless, Curse, Conjure and Inspire (Conversation + Q&A)

It’s no coincidence that poetry emerged in unison with myth and ritual, or that so many prayers, spells and sacred texts are poems. From our very beginnings, we’ve intuited that there is a power summoned in rhythmic utterance beyond what can be reached in mere speech. Oliver de la Paz, Camonghne Felix, Carolyn Forché and Ada Limón share and discuss poems that bless, curse, conjure and inspire. After the pre-recorded conversation, the poets engage in live Q&A with the Festival audience. Moderated by Ruth Irupé Sanabria.