Professor Martha Dragich recently participated in a discussion with National Book Award finalist, poet and attorney Monica Youn on Youn’s new collection of poems, Blackacre, for an event hosted by the Law Library of Congress and the Library of Congress Poetry and Literature Center. The discussion was held at the library’s home in the James Madison Memorial Building in Washington, D.C.
Professor Dragich led Youn in a discussion about how law and poetry inform each other. As Youn wrote for the Poetry Foundation, “‘Blackacre’ is a legal fiction, an imaginary landscape. Just as we use ‘John Doe’ for a hypothetical person, lawyers use ‘Blackacre’ as a placeholder term for a hypothetical plot of land. . . . [my poetry collection] also contains poems titled Whiteacre, Greenacre, etc. I think of each ‘____acre’ as a landscape, a legacy — the allotment each of us is given to work with, whether that allotment is a place, a span of time, a work of art, a body, a destiny.”
Professor Dragich has been a member of the faculty of the University of Missouri School of Law since 1993. She has taught a wide variety of courses, including Conflict of Laws, Federal Courts, Food Law and Policy, and Law and Literature. She led the development of the law school’s One Read program in 2015 before retiring at the end of the 2015-2016 academic year.