Although better known as literary critics than as poets, the New Critics were poets first. They were artists who saw the world in creative terms, and to those terms added critical, social and political awareness. The seminar will focus on the poetry of Blackmur, Ransom and Tate and its literary and spiritual legacy in our very different age.
Poets House invites you to join us at an intimate benefit dinner on Monday, November 8 at Bouley Test Kitchen.
This will be an unforgettable evening in Chef David Bouley’s private gastronomic laboratory, and our festivities will bridge the art of the literary and the culinary, with emphasis on the pleasures of mind and palate. We are hosting this additional, special fundraiser this year to help with our organization’s operating costs as we settle into our new home.
Drawing on Poets House’s 50,000-volume poetry library, this 5-day intensive course will lead middle- and high school teachers through a variety of hands-on exercises meant to inspire the teaching, writing, and reading of poetry. Collaboratively, we’ll approach poetry as a teaching tool capable of inspiring diverse student populations to create and interpret complex texts.
Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here assembles artists’ responses to the tragic March 5, 2007 bombing that resulted in the destruction of Al-Mutanabbi Street, a cultural and intellectual hub in Baghdad. This major traveling exhibition features approximately 250 artists’ books and 50 broadside (prints) by artists from around the world and was co-organized by Beau Beausoleil, founder of the Al-Mutanabbi Street Coalition, and scholar Sarah Bodman.
A discussion on the current state of Russian literature at home and abroad with poet and editor-in-chief of OGI publishing house Maxim Amelin, author and literary scholar Aleksey Varlamov, and Overlook Press editor Mark Krotov. Moderated by acclaimed literary translator Antonina W. Bouis.
Mahogany Browne, Taylor Mali, James Merenda and Jeanann Verlee, representatives from three of New York City’s most prominent poetry slam series, discuss and demonstrate the poetry slam and what makes a poem not just “come alive” in performance but score well with judges.
San Francisco poet Aaron Shurin considers the question “What is prosody?” in light of the current movement away from meter and traditional forms, exploring some of the ways in which poetic craft continues to make meaning in contemporary poetry. (Full Audio, approx. 1 hr)