Midday Arts Featuring Patrick Lawler

Midday Arts Featuring Patrick Lawler

Join us for our second Midday Arts Series event of the semester, presented in collaboration with the Intellectual Heritage program. This event, cosponsored by the Office of Sustainability, features Patrick Lawler, who will present Poemformances (poetry as performance) focused on a number of urgent issues: the environment, homelessness, gender issues, violence, race, and identity. 

These are poems about voice—multivocal, prismatic. The voices range from the Archetypal to the Biosemiotic, from the passionate to the humorous. The poems weave together the philosophical, the surreal, the ecological, the lyrical, the absurd, and the political. 

“Singing to the Earth until a Tree Grows” includes: 

• The last standup comic on earth in a hazmat suit coming to grips with finality and a broken answer buzzer; 

• A voice character for a postmodern cartoon show on an existential quest through the galaxy encountering ancient star civilizations—experiencing loneliness and despair while keeping his sense of humor, knowing this is only children’s TV. 

• A homeless person dancing to “My Girl” with CNN on in the background trying to define salvation as he unwraps the Death of the world. 

• And an email scammer from Nigeria where we learn about death and creativity, reality and fiction, and how to spend 9.5 million dollars. 

About Patrick Lawler 

Patrick Lawler has published four books of poetry: A Drowning Man is Never Tall Enough (University of Georgia Press), (reading a burning book)  (Basfal Books), Feeding the Fear of the Earth, the winner of the Many Mountains Moving poetry book competition, and Child Sings in the Womb (The Bitter Oleander Press). Underground (Notes Toward an Autobiography) is a hybrid text combining poetry, memoir, and interview—and was published by Many Mountains Moving Press. In addition, he has an online poetry project Between Hoaxlessness and Hoax and a chapbook Trade World Center. 

His novel Rescuers of Skydivers Search Among the Clouds won the Ronald Sukenick/ABR Innovative Fiction Award and was published by University of Alabama Press. A selection of his short stories The Meaning of If was published by Four Way Books. 

Tiger Bark Press will publish Breathe a World poetry collection this fall. 

A number of his filmscripts have won awards and been produced including The Zeno Question and Giving Birth to a Butterfly. He is professor emeritus at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and writer-in-residence at Le Moyne College. 

This program will be presented via Zoom. On the day of the program, use this link to join: https://temple.zoom.us/j/92163457669   

Our programs are geared toward a general audience and are open to all, including Temple students, faculty, staff, alumni, neighbors, and friends. Registration is encouraged.  

Contact Kaitlyn Semborski at kaitlyn.semborski@temple.edu with questions. 

Thursday, October 27, 2022
12:30pm - 1:30pm
Main Campus

Registration is required. There are 100 seats available.