Focusing on the structure of Langston Hughes' Selected Poems, and other works by other poets and novelists with whom she has had a lifelong obsession, Lynn Emanuel looks at the architecture of a book of poems, assessing its potential as a poetic form. (Full Audio, Approx. 1 hour)
Units of Plexiglass, an edit is a slide projector performance exploring edge-spaces in language and sidewalks. The performance takes the form of a fragmented essay read aloud accompanied by two slide projectors. Units of Plexiglass presents questions about found language and objects, peripheries, transparency, and layering. The two slide projections overlap at times and are meant to be projected on (or near) a window with (ideally) a body of water in close proximity, serving as another edge-space and an additional layer behind and within the projections.
Christopher Merrill, Director of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, introduces visiting poets Johanna Aitchison (New Zealand), Anas Atakora (Togo), Matthew Cheng (Hong Kong), Yao Feng (Macau), and Marie Silkeberg (Sweden), for an evening of readings and conversation exploring the various cultural spaces that poetry occupies, internationally and domestically. (Full Audio Approx 1 hr 15 minutes)
Bollingen Prize-winning poet and author of My Emily DickinsonSusan Howe, discusses the many libraries and archives that have gone into her artistic practice with Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library curator and poet Nancy Kuhl. Introduced by Poets House Artistic Director Stephen Motika
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Nancy Kuhl, curator of poetry for the Yale Collection of American Literature at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Shannon Mattern, Associate Professor in the School of Media Studies at the New School and Kevin Young, author of eight books of poetry and curator of Literary Collections and the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library at Emory University, explore the role of libraries and archives as real spaces in a digital world and metaphors for knowledge as part of the
Syrian playwright, poet and filmmaker Liwaa Yazji reads in both Arabic and English from her first book of poetry, Peacefully, we leave home (2014), and discusses her art-making as a means of exploring broadly the way people relate to the unknown and endure crisis. Introduced by Poets House Artistic Director Stephen Motika (Full Audio, Approx. 1 hour 5 mins)