Thu 1/30, 2020, 7:30pm
In the Moment Podcast
Lyric World: Shin Yu Pai with Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma and Melanie Noel
Conversations with Contemporary Poets—Poetry And Wonder

How can poetry expand our understanding of civic life? Poet and former Town Hall Artist-In-Residence Shin Yu Pai invites us to the first of her Lyric World discussions, exploring the role of poetry as it stokes our curiosity and gives voice and attention to the human experience.

Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma is a poet, magician, and musician who brings together many diverse practices in his creative expression. Pruiksma touches upon the similarities between poetry, magic, and music to explore the boundaries and edges of what’s visible and to gaze more deeply into the nature of wonder.

Joining in conversation with Seattle-based poet Melanie Noel, Pruiksma illuminates the ways that different languages alternately obscure or reveal truth. Together they ask us to suspend our judgement and embrace the not-knowing that defines these art forms.

Before their discussion, experience a performance by kora player and griot-trained jeli Ibrahim Arsalan. In West African society, the jeli preserved ancient stories and traditions through song, throughout the generations. They are believed to have deep connections to spiritual, social, and political powers.

Presented by Town Hall Seattle and KUOW.

Lyric World: Conversations with Contemporary Poets is fiscally sponsored by Shunpike and supported by The Windrose Fund and the City of Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture.

Join us in The OTTO!
Located in the Forum, The OTTO Bar is a great spot to meet with friends before an event or keep the conversation going afterward. You can purchase beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages or bring in your own snacks and non-alcoholic drinks to enjoy.
On the night of this event, The OTTO is open from 5:30PM-10:30PM.
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