Perdu is gladdened to open its doors to the distinguished and valuable voices of Lisa Robertson and Mia You. On this intimate evening of rosy and less rosy visions, both poets will be reading from their work. Subsequently, they will enter into conversation, exploring embodied positions and recurring themes within their writing and thinking. ‘In times like these, can we afford to expend ourselves on the labor of art making? Can we afford not to?’, asks Mia You, in response to Lisa’s notion of squandering. And in return, Lisa Robertson quotes Mia: ‘There is this moment / life gives way to art, and we can only know / that it is past.’ Questions of life’s ways of relating to and through art arise, and perhaps rather than answers, a moment of thinking, uttering collectively can bud from there.