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Poiesis Symposium

Poiesis Symposium

Violence and Creativity–A Terrible Love of War

Violence and war seem to always be with us. Everyone deplores it, yet it never goes away– right now in the Ukraine, in Peru, and in many other parts of the world. In his book, A Terrible Love of War, James Hillman disputes the notion that we are opposed to war. On the contrary, it seems that we love violence because it makes us feel so alive when we’re involved in it. For Hillman, the only thing that gives us as much of a sense of vitality is artistic creativity. And perhaps there is a certain amount of aggression necessary for creativity, too. As Paolo Knill has said, “It takes an axe to build a house.” We have to break something down in order to build up anything new.


In this symposium, Amanda St Clair, a US military veteran, will show her paintings and discuss her artistic process, Elizabeth McKim

and Stephen K. Levine will perform their anti-war poetry, and Judith Greer Essex will invite the audience to explore the relationship between violence and creativity through diverse artistic media as well.


Date: February 13, 2023


Time: 6:00 p.m. CET; 12:00 p.m. EDT; 9:00 a.m. PCT


Zoom link:

 ID : 924 8402 9865


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