East Asian Literature Scholar and translator Paula Varsano, discusses the different formal innovations and themes in Classical Chinese Poetry, with special discussion of the work of the great poets of the Tang and Sung Dynasties – Li Po, Tu Fu and Wang Wei.
Scholar and translator Sheldon Pollock offers an overview of Sanskrit poetry, with samples drawn from both religious and secular literature, including The Ramayana – India’s most beloved and enduring legend – and the spiritual classic Bhagavad-Gita – one of the most popular scripts of Hinduism.
This evening dedicated to Classical Greek Poetry begins with a performance of “Bracko,” orchestrated by poet/translator Anne Carson and artist Robert Currie, based on Anne Carson’s translations from If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho. Scholar Yopie Prins, author of Victorian Sappho and several essays on the poet, will present a talk on Homer’s influence on Sappho.
6:30pm: A performance of Bracko with Anne Carson, Currie and friends
7:00pm: Passwords: Yopie Prins on Homer and Sappho
Poet and translator David Ferry, author of Gilgamesh: A New Rendering in English Verse, shares his translation of this great epic of ancient Mesopotamia. Ferry discusses the poetic and narrative intensity of this classic work, considered to be the oldest written story on earth.
Famous for electrifying performances of his work, Kiwao Nomura is revered in Japan, where he has been awarded major literary honors. This reading and conversation, celebrates the publication of his first book of poems in English, Spectacle and Pigsty.
Poets House and Trinity Wall Street, in conjunction with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, present a reading by some of America's leading poets as part of the 10th anniversary commemoration of 9/11. Poets Marie Howe, Major Jackson, Lawrence Joseph, Cornelius Eady, J. Chester Johnson, Martha Rhodes and others will read poems of grief, remembrance and reconciliation.
Joseph O. Legaspi received a 2001 poetry fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Born in the Philippines, he holds degrees from Loyola Marymount University and the Creative Writing Program at New York University. Recent poems have appeared and are forthcoming in the Seneca Review, Bamboo Ridge, Crab Orchard Review, Puerto Del Sol, Gulf Coast, The Literary Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and Tilting the Continent, an anthology of Southeast Asian literature.