“A poet is someone who stands outside in the rain hoping to be struck by lightning.” – James Dickey

The Power of Poetry is the theme to the 2011 VMI Poetry Symposium, to be held Friday and Saturday, March 4-5.

The program opens Friday with a reading by celebrated Iraq War poet Brian Turner, 7:45 p.m. in Gillis Theater.  All-day events Saturday will feature student paper and poem presentations, a keynote by James A. Winn, author of The Poetry of War (Cambridge University Press, 2008), and a panel discussion, “The Poetry of War” with Turner and Winn.

Student presenters are from VMI, W&L, Mary Washington, Hollins, Sweet Briar, UNC Asheville, JMU, ODU, Roanoke College, Lynchburg College and the University of Richmond.

Please visit the Poetry Symposium display, in Preston Library, featuring books by Winn, Turner, and VMI’s COL David Rachels, moderator of the panel discussion.


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