We will preview two segments of this just-completed television anthology which takes the pulse of poetry in our nation by traveling its length and width to capture the words of more than sixty poets. The United States of Poetry is a five-part series of half-hour programs slated to air on public television stations beginning in early 1996. A production of Washington Square Films and a public television presentation of ITVS.
Acknowledged as one of the greatest of French poets, René Char (1907-1988) began as a Surrealist but later embraced existential and metaphysical themes. Translator and editor Mary Ann Caws will read and discuss his work as well as present film and audio clips.
Introduced by Mark Rudman, editor of Pequod
Poets Lorna Goodison, Linton Kwesi Johnson and Marlene Nourbese Philip will read from their work as part of a series celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Research Institute for the Study of Man (Oct. 12-Nov. 3).
Showcase On View October 28-December 2
An exhibit of 1,000 new poetry releases from across the nation and a festival of events celebrating the diversity of this year’s poetry. An opportunity to view the current state of the art: books from commercial, university and independent presses.
Our libraries give a mutual salute during this anniversary year: the New York Public Library's 100th, and the 10th<,sup> for Poets House. Curator Rodney Phillips will host a special tour of the new exhibit of manuscripts and typescripts by great poets in the English language: John Donne's “Collected Poems,” W.B. Yeats's “Wild Swans at Coole,” T. S. Eliot's “The Waste Land,” works by Auden, Bishop, and many others.
A reception will follow at Poets House.