Passwords: John Felstiner on Paul Celan, Pablo Neruda and Ranier Maria Rilke

John Felstiner discusses Chilean-born Pablo Neruda (1904-1973), who won the Nobel Prize in literature and Paul Celan (1920-1970), a German speaking Jewish poet born in Romania, who wrote “Deathfugue” in 1945, the most stunning poem to emerge from World War II. Rare recordings of the poets’ voices will be played.

Meena Alexander on Indian Love Poetry by Women

Meena Alexander tracks the lineage of love poetry written by Indian women from 600 B.C. to today.

Passwords: David Ferry on Gilgamesh

David Ferry discusses his translation of one of the oldest epic poems in Western literature.

The Poets House Children's Room Opening Celebration

Kurt Lamkin performs his poetry and plays the Kora, a twenty-string African instrument. Thylias Moss reads from her children’s book I Want To Be, with music by composer Ansted Moss, age 11.

New Writing from the U.K.

Renowned poets, fiction writers, playwrights, critics, translators and editors discuss writing trends of the United Kingdom.

Epics and Ballads 101: A Public Seminar on Oral Traditions with John Foley

John Foley, the author of How to Read an Oral Poem, introduces a season of programs on epics and ballads discussing the ways oral and literary forms move through culture and time.


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