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.

Secrets on the Way: Dance Inspired by the Poetry of Tomas Tranströmer

In this landmark piece choreographed by Kathryn Roszak and performed by Danse Lumière, a company recognized for adapting great works of literature to the stage through the fusion of dance, music, and theater, dancers echo Tranströmer’s unique collages of everyday narrative, interrupted by flashes of strong emotion and penetrated by a palpable sense of the world’s beauty.

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Duncan and Jess: Between Fields

Visual artist Jess (1923–2004) and poet Robert Duncan (1919–1988) were one of the most fascinating artistic couples of the 20th century. After they met in San Francisco in 1950 to Duncan's death almost forty years later, their work became increasingly intertwined, their dense, allusive creations permeating one another - and inspiring this discussion.

Song of the Reed: The Poetry of Rumi

Thirteenth-century Persian poet Rumi is now the most popular poet in the United States. In this event, leading Rumi interpreter Coleman Barks, reads his beloved versions of the Sufi poet’s verse, biographer Brad Gooch shares research into Rumi’s lived experience, and poet Anne Waldman reflects on Rumi’s contribution to poetry’s ecstatic tradition.

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