Exhibition of the 1994 Poetry Publication Showcase

Showcase On View in Chicago June 23-27, 8:00am - 4:00pm

Poets House brings the 1994 Poetry Publication Showcase—nearly 1,200 poetry books—to the American Library Association’s national convention so that 15,000 librarians from around the country can sample the range of American poetry production.

Poetry in The Branches and our work with the American Library Association are funded by a major grant from the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund

Passwords: Helen Vendler on William Butler Yeats

Leading poetry critic Helen Vendler will give a multimedia presentation on the visual arts that inspired the poetry of Irish-born, 1923 Nobel-winner William Butler Yeats (1865-1939). The evening will include a discussion of his poetry and its relationship to the artwork.

Passwords programs are made possible, in part, by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities

Parallel Lines: Poetry and Hip Hop

An exploration of the connections and influences shared between these two art forms will feature readings by Tracie Morris, NYC's Queen of Hip Hop (and 1993 Slam Champ at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe), Greg Tate and Djinji Brown. Commentary and discussion will be led by literary and cultural critic Houston A. Baker, Jr.

Passwords: Richard Caddell on Basil Bunting

A modernist from Northern Britain, Basil Bunting (1900-1985) combined his simple Quaker aesthetics with intense experimentalism. Richard Caddell, a former Bunting student, will discusses the poet's work and play programs of Bunting reading his innovative verse.

Passwords programs are made possible, in part, by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities

Parallel Lines: Poetry and Dance Screening and Reception

This unedited video of our June 9, 1994 program looks at the relationship between two art forms. Held at Judson Memorial Church, the event featured poetry readings, dances, and discussion by Kenneth King, Michael Palmer, Jack Anderson, Jackson Mac Low, Anne Tardos, and Clarinda Mac Low. Artists will be present.

Culture, Imagination and Performance in American Poetry

Landscapes, cityscapes, and mindscapes of American Poetry since the 1950’s will be seen in relation to the Black Mountain poets, the Beats, San Francisco poets, New York School, and Ethnopoetics, among other influences. Issues including identity, ethnicity, imagination, creativity, and performance will be explored, with screenings of videos to facilitate discussion.

Culture, Imagination and Performance in American Poetry

Landscapes, cityscapes, and mindscapes of American Poetry since the 1950’s will be seen in relation to the Black Mountain poets, the Beats, San Francisco poets, New York School, and Ethnopoetics, among other influences. Issues including identity, ethnicity, imagination, creativity, and performance will be explored, with screenings of videos to facilitate discussion.

Passwords: Jerry Ward on Sterling Plumpp

The many books of Chicago poet Sterling Plumpp (born in 1940), including Portable Soul and Horn Man, fuse blues and jazz rhythms with poetic vision to speak of Black lives, here and abroad.

Passwords programs are made possible, in part, by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities

Reading Dorothy Parker and Stevie Smith

Two New Yorker editors explore the poetry of these legendary writers and discuss it in relation to the poetry of our time and its time.

Drawing a New Circle: Outside the Frame

Our second in a series of collaborations with NYC galleries, museums, and alternative spaces begins with an exhibit tour of Outside the Frame: Performance and the Object with the Snug Harbor Cultural Center's visual arts director Olivia Georgia. Over 50 artists will be presented through interactive and performative sculpture, installations, puppets, scores, and other work. Live performance excerpts will be given by process-oriented, multi-disciplinary Art Attack and by William Pope.L—rapping and preaching a piece of his agit-poetic lecture Eracism.

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