AIDS has occasioned an overwhelming response in contemporary American poetry. But exactly how, in the face of illness and despair, does poetry function?
In an attempt to find answers to this question, the group will look at five recent books: Tory Dent’s What Silence Equals, Mark Doty’s My Alexandria, Thom Gunn’s The Man With Night Sweats, Rachel Hadas’s Unending Dialogue: Voices from an AIDS Poetry Workshop, and Michael Klein’s Poets for Life: Seventy-Six Poets Respond to AIDS.
The Grand Finale Reading, the final event of the Showcase, is a chance to celebrate the range and diversity of the year's new poetry. Showcased poets will read from their latest works and from the work of other poets in the Poetry Publication Showcase.
While readings of all kinds are being used to market books, many publishers and retailers have a lingering fear that poetry won't sell. Through what means can the public have access to poetry? What sales strategies are particular to the genre?
On-line technologies have already made it possible to transmit entire books to an unlimited number of readers instantly. Are we facing a revolution in publishing and distribution comparable to the introduction of movable type?