The Poetry Audience of the Future

Suddenly the mass media believe poetry is for everyone: taxi-drivers in movies quote William Carlos Williams and a poem helps sell blue jeans. Poetry readings proliferate: poetry bars spring up, poetry slams draw crowds--are we seeing the beginning of a fuller integration of poetry into American life or is it a fad?

A Panel Discussion with Peter Davidson, Marilyn Hacker and Katha Pollitt, moderated by Cornelius Eady.

2008: Kay Ryan ‘The Niagara River’

Kay Ryan reads the title poem from her collection The Niagara River as part of Poetic City: A Poets House Celebration.

Recorded in Nelson A. Rockefeller Park, June 18, 2008

2008: Kay Ryan reads ‘Green Behind the Ears’

Kay Ryan reads her poem ‘Green Behind the Ears’ as part of Poetic City: A Poets House Celebration.

Recorded in Nelson A. Rockefeller Park, June 18, 2008

2008: Kay Ryan reads ‘Reverse Drama’

Kay Ryan reads her poem ‘Reverse Drama’ as part of Poetic City: A Poets House Celebration.

Recorded in Nelson A. Rockefeller Park, June 18, 2008

2008: Kay Ryan reads ‘Stardust’

Kay Ryan reads her poem ‘Stardust’ as part of Poetic City: A Poets House Celebration.

Recorded in Nelson A. Rockefeller Park, June 18, 2008

2008: Kay Ryan reads ‘Atlas’

Kay Ryan reads her poem ‘Atlas’ as part of Poetic City: A Poets House Celebration.

Recorded in Nelson A. Rockefeller Park, June 18, 2008

2008: Kay Ryan reads ‘Expectations’

Kay Ryan reads her poem ‘Expectations’ as part of Poetic City: A Poets House Celebration.

Recorded in Nelson A. Rockefeller Park, June 18, 2008

Passwords: Ann Lauterbach on John Ashbery

Poet Ann Lauterbach discusses the work of John Ashbery, a hugely influential poet who has published over twenty books of poetry. His volumes include Some Trees, chosen by W. H. Auden for the Yale Younger Poet Series, and Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror, which received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, the National Book Critics Circle Award and the National Book Award.

Passwords: The Road to William Carlos Williams with Philip Levine

Philip Levine discusses his discovery of the poetry of William Carlos Williams and how it changed the way he thought about language and the creation of a poem.

Decreation: How Women Like Sappho, Marguerite Porete and Simone Weil Tell God

Poet Anne Carson discusses the life and work of three women featured in her recent libretto Decreation—the ancient Greek lyric poet Sappho; Marguerite Porete, the 13th century mystic and heretic; and the French philosopher and religious apologist Simone Weil—considering their relationship both to God and to writing.
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