“When we read the poem as witness, we are marked by it and become ourselves witnesses to what it has made present before us. Language incises the page, wounding it with testimonial presence, and the reader is marked by encounter with that presence. Witness begets witness. The text we read becomes a living archive.” — Carolyn Forché
Click on the photo below for an interesting article by Carolyn Forché on the meaning of “witness” in poetry. Forché will be visiting Concordia with Writers Read on March 14th.