The many registers of the poetry of John Wieners (1934-2004) are explored in an evening of readings of his work by presenters (in order of appearance)Robbie Dewhurst, Fanny Howe, Joshua Beckman, Lewis Warsh, Hoa Nguyen, Cedar Sigo, Monica de la Torre, Raymond Foye, and Rachel Levitsky. Introduced by Poets House Artistic Director Stephen Motika. (Full audio, approx. 1 hr, 15 mins)
Jane Hirshfield, one of the foremost poets of her generation and a master illuminator of poetic craft, reads from her two most recent books, The Beauty (poems) and Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World (essays), and engages the audience in a conversation about the ways poetic language, attention, and word-craft navigate and enlarge both our personal and shared existence. Introduced by Poets House Program Director Stephen Motika (Full Audio, Approx 1 hr 15 mins)
Jerome Rothenberg discusses his half century of anthologies, from Technicians of the Sacred: A Range of Poems from Africa, America, Asia & Oceania (1968) to Barbaric Vast & Wild: An Assemblage of Outside & Subterranean Poetry from Origins to Present (2015), reconsidering what holds these works together and what the future might be for the study of ethnopoetics. (Full audio, apprx 1 hr, 10 mins)
Editor and poet Jerome Rothenberg presents an investigation and celebration of the world's primal cultures and the poetries that emerged from these regions, including sound poems, dream poems, chants and happenings from Africa, America, Asia, Europe and Oceania. (Full Audio, approx. 1 hr 20 mins)
National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize winning poet C.K. Williams speaks about the life and poetry of the venerated American poet Robert Frost, the rural patrician of New England literary life. Introduction by Poets House Program Director Stephen Motika (Full audio, Approx 1 hour)
Join poets Andrea Cohen and Michael Klein for a reading from Cohen’s Furs Not Mine, published this spring by Four Ways Books; and Klein’s When I Was a Twin, which was published in September by Sibling Rivalry Press. The two poets, colleagues and friends, share a mutual love and respect for each other’s work.
First Nations Australia Writers’ Network Founder and Executive Director Cathy Craigie, brings writers, poets and storytellers Dr. Jeanine Leane, Dub Leffler, Melissa Lucashenko, Bruce Pascoe, and Ellen Van Neervan to Poets House as part of an international tour. (Full Audio, Approx 1 hr 15 mins)