Hunting down hidden meanings and discovering unexpected resonances are experiences which unite readers and writers of poetry and mystery fiction. What is the process of uncovering and sharing mystery? What is the art of revealing the unseen? How is suspense used as a literary tool in genre fiction and in poetry?
Ezra Pound is famous for his role in defining a modernist aesthetic, from the creation of the Imagist movement in 1912 to his epic poem The Cantos. He is also infamous for Fascist radio broadcasts he conducted from Italy during World War II. Can a contemporary audience find a fresh reading of this contradictory master?
Born in Africa, Phillis Wheatley (1753–1784) was kidnapped, brought to America, and sold to a prominent Boston family. Wheatley became the first African-American woman to publish a book of poems, and one of the best-known poets in the country.
A marathon poetry reading, free to the public, featuring fifteen of the nation's most luminous poets, will be held to celebrate Poets House's Fifteenth Anniversary and the opening of our newly expanded and renovated home.
So much has changed–—more space for books in a dedicated reading room, new exhibit space and offices across the hall, even a children's room launching this April–—but our commitment to providing an accessible, open place for poetry remains the same. Poets House has grown larger at our 72 Spring Street location. Please join Stanley Kunitz and other good friends for food, drink, and graceful toasts to this vibrant New York Institution.