The Writer’s Center and Poet Lore welcome the editors and contributors of Singing In The Dark: A Global Anthology of Poetry Under Lockdown for a reading of selections from the book and a discussion of the writing life during pandemic. Hosted by editor Nishi Chawla, featuring international contributors Usha Akella, Ann Bracken, Grace Cavalieri, Geoffrey Himes, Raj Nair, Sabine Pascarelli, George Szirtes, and Diane Wilbon Parks.
About the Book
Singing in the Dark is an intercontinental collection of poetic responses at a time when the coronavirus pandemic has dramatically altered the world. More than a hundred of the world’s most esteemed poets reflect upon a crisis that has impacted the entire human world and laid bare all our vulnerabilities. The poems capture all its dimensions: the trauma of solitude, the unexpected transformation in the expression of interpersonal relationships, the even sharper visibility of the class divide, the marvelous revival of nature and the profound realization of the transience of human existence. The moods vary from quiet contemplation and choking anguish to suppressed rage and cautiousce lebration in an anthology that serves as an aesthetic archive of a strange era in human history.