Prominent poets and scholars investigate—and redefine—optimism as a creative alternative to long-held themes of melancholy, shame and the death drive in writing and interpreting poetry, particularly in the work of gay poets.
Poets and scholars revisit The H.D. Book, published in its entirety for the first time this year. In this monumental study, San Francisco Renaissance poet Robert Duncan (1919–1988) meditates on the roots of modernism and its manifestation in the poetry of H.D., William Carlos Williams, Edith Sitwell and others.
Part of the Annual Chapbook Festival, Wednesday, March 2–Saturday, March 5
Visual artist and poet Jen Bervin and Ugly Duckling Presse editor and poet Anna Moschovakis discuss the way the chapbook has shaped their work, sharing highlights from their own collections and the Poets House archive.
This afternoon features a group presentation by contributors to The Grand Piano, a ten-book experiment in autobiography by ten writers affiliated with Language Poetry in San Francisco. A panel discussion moderated by Catherine Taylor follows.