Poet Matthew Burgess will read from his new picture book biography Enormous Smallness: A Story of E E Cummings and lead an E E-inspired poetry activity for all ages.
Matthew Burgess is the author of two books, Slippers for Elsewhere and Enormous Smallness: A Story of E. E Cummings, and editor of the forthcoming Dream Closet, an anthology of art and writing about childhood spaces.
Cast your imagination skyward with this poetry and kite-building workshop. Participants will personalize their high-flying creations by marking them with poems inspired by the images and metaphors of traditional Chinese poetry.
Miriam Nichols’s expertly edited The Astonishment Tapes (2015), a transcript of twenty autobiographical audiotapes recorded in an attic room in Vancouver by poet Robin Blaser in 1974. Thirty years prior, Blaser, along with Robert Duncan and Jack Spicer, formed the Berkeley core of what is now known as the San Francisco Renaissance. Reminiscent of the perfect mix attained by Blaser’s legendary martinis, this talk by Nichols blends gossip and literary legacy into a balanced representation of this mythic poet.
Readings at 6:30pm and 7:30pm
Poet and performance artist Rosamond S. King investigates what is instrumental for life today using her signature verse cabaret style, which includes poetry and self-arranged popular songs, within the setting of the Musical Instruments Permanent Collections galleries.
An afternoon spent in silence? A-Z? The cosmic order of Borges' library of the imagination? Whatever the duration, extent, or dimensions of your perfect library, this day-long symposium will delight and inform as it winds through the many roles libraries take on in the community of readers and in the imagination, as collection, as shared intellectual and physical space, and as the symbol of shared knowledge.