Person, Place, Thing "Live" with Randy Cohen and Tracy K. Smith

Poets House is thrilled to host the live recording of Person, Place, Thing. In this episode of the public radio show, Emmy Award-winner Randy Cohen asks Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tracy K. Smith about a person, a place, and a thing of special significance to her. Join us for the resulting great stories and accompanying live music with award-winning folk musician Jefferson Hamer. All proceeds support Poets House programming.

On Craft & Sound with Tracie Morris

Poet and performer Tracie Morris presents an open seminar on the relationship between sound, onomonpoetics, and imagery, demonstrating that form is a continuum that incorporates both the avant-garde and conventional, rather than something that is “broken” by experimentation, a source rather than a rulebook for the making and presenting of living, resounding poems.

On the Poetry Talent with Alice Notley

Award-winning and prolific poet Alice Notley leads an autobiographically-inspired discussion of the poetry talent – its rarity, mystery, and importance in the education and nurture of poets.

The Art of George Schneeman: Panel Discussion and Poetry Reading

A panel discussion and reading in conjunction with the exhibition “A Painter and His Poets: The Art of George Schneeman,” the first major retrospective of the artist's collaborative paintings, collages, prints, and books

Sleep That Sacred Flower: A Healing Retreat at Poets House

I have found no cure
                    for the sick
                                      but this crooked flower

which only to look upon
                    all men
                                      are cured. This

is that flower
                    for which all men
                                      sing secretly their hymns

of praise. This
                    is that sacred
                                      flower!
- from "The Yellow Flower," William Carlos Williams

Inside Form, Outside Elements: Brenda Hillman on Craft

For several decades, Brenda Hillman has been exploring poetic form and perception in her tetralogy on the classical elements-- earth, air, water, fire. She discusses ecopoetics, spiritual discovery and activism in her latest volume, Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire.

Passwords: Tom Sleigh on Seamus Heaney

On the eve of what would have been the beloved Irish poet and translator’s 75th birthday, poet Tom Sleigh presents a discussion of the use of description in Seamus Heaney’s (1939-2013) masterful poems, exploring and celebrating Heaney’s humane marveling at the life of the senses and the natural surfaces of the world.

On the Edge with Edwin Torres

A self-proclaimed “lingualisualist” rooted in the languages of sight and sound, Edwin Torres leads an exploration of the tools poets use to extend past the seeming edges of language and to articulate the rich “between” spaces – between sound and definition, body and nation – that drive our poetry in hidden, powerful ways.

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