Poets Susan Howe and Susan Stewart discuss modernist and postmodernist poetics, with a special emphasis on Wallace Stevens (1879 – 1955), one of the "inventors" of the art in the 20th century. The evening concludes with a reading by both poets.
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.
What makes a perfect winter day? Using as a starting point her latest book A Perfect Day, which features collages that illuminate the perfect winter day, Carin Berger will help children embark on their own magical journeys through a winter’s day. Afterward, everyone will create striking white silhouette collages on black paper. Carin Berger is also the author and illustrator of Ok Go and Forever Friends.
Take a musical and poetic journey with folk music legend and voice of the civil rights movement Odetta. Poet Samantha Thornhill presents the story of this extraordinary talent, after which children will write their own odes to Odetta. Thornhill teaches poetry at the Juilliard School and is Writer in Residence at the Bronx Academy of Letters
Come in costume and hear Poets House’s own Mike Romanos read his favorite spooky and monstrous verse from poets such as Robert Louis Stevenson, Karla Kushkin, Shel Silverstein and Jack Prelutsky. Plus, we’ll write and cast our own poetic spells to celebrate the day.
"[O]ne of the authentic, unpredictable, urgent, essential voices of our time. All her life she was in love with the hope of telling utter truth.” (W. S. Merwin).
Adrienne Rich (1929-2012), one of the most widely read and influential poets of the second half of the 20th century, wrote more than two dozen books of poetry and seven volumes of essays. A committed feminist and lesbian, Rich’s poetry brought together the political and the personal.
In this reading, contributors to June S. Gould's new book, Beyond the Margins: Rethinking the Art and Craft of Writing Master Writing Workshops for Advanced and Committed Writers will share their writing.