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Joy Manesiotis | writer

Joy Manesiotis | writer

Joy Manesiotis | writer

A Short History of Anger

Used as a blueprint for state sponsored ethnic cleansing and forced migration, The Destruction of Smyrna, in 1922, is an event about which the world has remained strangely silent. A Short History of Anger takes as its source material The Destruction of Smyrna, in Asia Minor, and the resulting mandatory population exchange arranged by the Greek and Turkish governments.

Both a book-length poetic hybrid manuscript and a staged reading, A Short History of Anger is governed by its musical, ritualistic construction, drawing on elements of lament structure, used from ancient to modern Greece, and it attempts to excavate the legacy of genocide and displacement that has resonated through successive generations. Incorporating a combination of prose and poetry, essay and verse, persona and Chorus, A Short History of Anger is built with many voices, many layers and fractures, and employs a modern day Greek Chorus.

A staged reading of an excerpt from A Short History of Anger—with a Speaker and Chorus drawn from the local community—shown at universities and venues in the US and Europe has generated engaged, dynamic post-show conversations and responses.