Claudia Keelan reads from Truth of My Songs: Poems of the Trobairitz (Omnidawn)
Truth of My Songs: Poems of the Trobairitz is a translation of poems written by the women troubadours, known as trobairitz, whose poems disappeared after the Albigensian crusade of 1129. Together, the poems present a profound argument—for and against—the notion of fin'amor, the pure or fine notion of love, invented by their male counterparts. Tragic, raucous, vulgar, silly, and strange, the poems of the trobairitz prove that women’s history has been recorded since the first women raised her voice and lifted a pen. Here Claudia Keelan reads from the book for Huffington Post with Michael Berger, Olivia Clare, Kristian Einstman, Shaun Leonard and Autumn Widdoes, all current members of the Creative Writing programs.