Presentation Details

The Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

The Poetry of Men's Lives: Gender and the Human Future

Dr Fred Moramarco, Dr Al Zolynas.

In The Eye of Spirit, the contemporary philosopher Ken Wilber writes: “There are…two flagrant errors that are constantly being made in the study of sex and gender. The first (common with conservatives) is to assume that all gender issues are totally determined by sex differences (so that biology is destiny). The second (common with liberals) is that all sexual differences are merely culturally constructed (so that biology can be ignored). Both of these stances are profoundly distorted, and almost always driven by ideology.” Wilber argues for a more integral approach that combines biology and culture and recognizes the value of both the female and male, feminine and masculine spheres. Our workshop, based on materials from our forthcoming book, The Poetry of Men’s Lives: An International Anthology, is intended to reveal men—i.e., the male gender—as not “hegemonic,” “patriarchal,” or inherently “dominant,” but as one half of the human species, driven by both biology and the shifting patterns and evolution of culture. We will demonstrate through the evidence of poems from throughout the world, that neither men nor women can be put into ideological categories without severe and damaging consequences for all of us. The workshop will consist of poetry readings, interpretation, and discussion with participants about the role of gender in poetry and in the human future.


Dr Fred Moramarco  (United States)
Dept. of English
San Diego State University

Fred Moramarco is Editor of Poetry International and Professor of English at San Diego State University.

Dr Al Zolynas  (United States)

College of Arts and Sciences
Alliant International University

Al Zolynas is a poet and English Professor at Alliant International University.
Fred Moramarco and Al Zolynas are the co-editors of Men of Our Time: Male Poetry in Contemporary America and the forthcoming "The Poetry of Men's Lives: An International Anthology," both published by the University of Georgia Press.

  • Men
  • Male
  • Gender
  • Poetry
  • International
  • Hegemonic
  • Patriarchal

(60 min. Workshop, English)