THE FIRST OF ITS KIND, POETIC SOCIETIES IS A 501(C)(3) NON- PROFIT ORGANIZATION FOR PRACTICING BODY-CONSCIOUS EXPRESSION AND GOVERNANCE.
Established in 2017 as an institutional critique project by ava ansari, POETIC SOCIETIES is a 501(c)(3) Curatorial, Legal, and Design Lab in Waawiiyatanong/Detroit that facilitates intercultural dialogues and produces Transmedia Poetry and Healing Technologies for the Somatic, Sonic, and Scenic liberation of self, land, and senses of belonging across the earth.
POETIC SOCIETIES was born out of years of institutional violence experienced intergenerationally through forced physical, environmental, and sexual movement, cultural reappropriation, and gaslighting by and for Queer, Nonbinary, Transgender, Nonconforming gender, Black, Indigenous, and Non-English poets, artists, musicians, healers, and organizers.
We create projects and programs to circulate our ancestral healing modalities through linguistic and ritualistic modes of poetic process. Our collaborative workshops and public programs encapsulate temporal and spatial zones that remove pain from the sensual, institutional, and digital bodies and cultivate celebratory memories of healing self, land, and senses of belonging on local and global scales.
By cocreating multilocation and multilingual tactical and vital media in interventional urban-digital celebratory spaces, we align distanced bodies with the medicine of poetry and rituals of release beyond the arbitrary national borders. We work in experimental and slow modes, actively resisting the patriotic, capitalist, and ableist suppressions on human bodies.
As displaced, mislabeled, and disabled bodies, equipped with the art of interdependency, POETIC SOCIETIES is the house of queer and immigrant technologies and transforming practices beyond the body-suppressing manners of organizational work.
We are located at the historical building of Underground Resistance (UR)+Submerge, an anticorporate Museum, Record label, and Artist Residency that guards Detroit Techno and global sonic revolution in North End, the legacy land of Motown, Funk, Soul, Jazz, HipHop, and Techno movements with poets, polymaths, urban technologists, architects, farmers, and healing justice organizers who protect the land and its cultural heritage from the development plans that are out of touch with the community or attempt fake alignments.
Our nonprofit organization is modeled after and for the organic network of bodies— from humans to animals to plants to fungi to planets—to liberate from the colonizing and alienating control of free body navigation and collective mind across the earth.