The poetry that changes the world stars in a course at UNIA

The headquarters of the UNIA in La Rabida celebrated this week summer course Voices from the extreme: the poetry that transforms us changes the world, a meeting to think about poetic sensibility as a way of being in the world and changing it for the better. Authors such as Jorge Riechmann, Montserrat Villar González, Uberto Stabile or Antonio Méndez Rubio have shared their visions, works and influences in three days around the poem as a basis for critical thinking from which to build a more humane society.

«The potential of poetry to change things lies in the will to want to live in another way», reflects Antonio Orihuela, director of the course. «We intend to show that poetry is a first-rate tool to transform your life and your reality. It’s constantly changing the world: ask the advertisers.”

Orihuela is one of the eight authors that the students have been able to meet in the three days of the meeting, until last Wednesday. “One thinks that he comes to share what he knows, but in reality he is only enriched by the proposals of those who come to this course,” says the poet, one of the most prominent signatures of the movement known as ‘poetry of consciousness’, which emerged in the 1990s to, in his own words, “appeal to a sleepy society so that it takes responsibility for what happens around it”.

The course covers from different perspectives the potential of poetry as a transformative agent and instrument of dissidence and antagonism from critical consciousness. Experimentation and the development of lyrics to reflect on capitalism, revolution or ecocide are the axes of the papers, which explore the role of the poet in education, social struggles, neoliberalism or the collapse of fossil fuels. There is also time to analyze the borders of literature, such as the presence of social class in the literary world, the legacy of beat poetry in our lyrics or female poetry.

Under the direction of Orihuela, the faculty is made up of the poet and philosopher Jorge Riechmann (Autonomous University of Madrid, The Century of the Great Trial, Graffiti for Neanderthals); the poet and essayist Antonio Méndez Rubio (University of Valencia, Arrival in Dublin, Fugitive treasure); the philologist Ángela Martínez Fernández (University of Valencia, author in the magazine Kamchatka), the poet and essayist Rafael Calero (University of Granada, Poems of mass destruction, Neither cowards nor cannibals); the poet Ubeto Stabile (Punta Umbría City Council, A Minute of Tenderness); the journalist and essayist from UNATE Francisco José Gómez Nadal; and the poet Montserrat Villar (translator and professor at the University of Vigo).

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