Sabrina Dalla Valle, MFA, is the current Vice President of the Gebser Society. She has presented at our conferences since 2009, and co-hosted the 2013 conference at the University of Philosophical Research, where she also teaches a Gebserian approach to creative writing and consciousness. Her book, Seven Days and Nights in the Desert, was released last year via Kelsey Street Press. In the following two-part interview with Anna Soteria Morrison, she discusses her poetic and philosophical influences. In this connection, it is imperative to recognise that Gebser himself was first and foremost a poet, and that it was from his essentially poetic insights into reality that his philosophy emerged as a co-expression. Comments Dalla Valle:
I find this dualistic relationship between poetry and philosophy in your question difficult to connect with ~ because for me they are reciprocals and they mirror one another, so they are found in each other. Build fires to worship the wood, burn wood to worship the fire. This line from one of Susan Stewart’s poems really encapsulates my response.
The full interview is available here: