Editor and poet Jerome Rothenberg presents an investigation and celebration of the world's primal cultures and the poetries that emerged from these regions. His discussion will include sound poems, dream poems, chants and happenings from Africa, America, Asia, Europe and Oceania.
Poet Greg Delanty and scholar Michael Matto, co-editors of The Word Exchange: Anglo-Saxon Poems in Translation, discuss highlights of centuries of Anglo-Saxon poetry, including a discussion of Beowulf and other important poems of battle, travel and adventure, as well as songs of heartache and longing.
West-coast poet Garrett Hongo addresses the two strands that define his work: the dramatic monologue (from Ovid to Ai), as well as the poetics of the incarceration as relates to his family’s experience in the Japanese American detention camps of Word War II.
Rita Dove, editor of The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth-Century American Poetry, makes a special appearance to makes the publication of her landmark anthology. Along with several guest poets, Dove will read from and discuss the highlights of 20th-century American poetry.