USE POETRY to tread historical moments and political landscapes.
This was the message of Filipino-American poet Eugene Gloria, a senior visiting fellow at the UST Center for Creative Writing and Literary Studies (CCWLS) who teaches poetry workshop classes at the UST Graduate School.
“I believe that poetry can function as a tool to help examine who we are in relation to our violent nature as well as our human failings,” Gloria said in a lecture at the Tanghalang Teresita Quirino of the Benavides Building on April 27.
Gloria, a Fulbright Lecturer, said a writer’s anecdotes should inspire and influence readers.
“We poets continue to soldier through in order to transform ourselves with discoveries we make along the way,” he said.
Gloria is a professor of creative writing and literature at DePauw University in Indiana. He received a Fulbright grant during his stay at the University of the Philippines in 1992.
The lecture, “Isang Bala(k) Ka Lang: Some Notes on the Anecdotal Writing Workshop,” was part of the International Writers and Scholars Series hosted by the CCWLS and UST Research Center for Culture, Arts and Humanities.