Join the ongoing conversation between the literary and visual arts as Rosamond S. King performs evocative, interdisciplinary poems within the setting of the Musical Instruments permanent collections galleries.
An afternoon spent in silence? A-Z? The cosmic order of Borges' library of the imagination? Whatever the duration, extent, or dimensions of your perfect library, this day-long symposium will delight and inform as it winds through the many roles libraries take on in the community of readers and in the imagination, as collection, as shared intellectual and physical space, and as the symbol of shared knowledge.
Reassessing the book's potential as poetic form, Lynn Emanuel considers her own compositional choices -- why she places a letter addressed to Baudelaire here and a lyric or persona poem there -- as well as examples for developing a book's architecture set by poets such as Malarme and Pessoa. Discover the personal and artistic imperatives that inform this capacious poets work.
Gather to celebrate the endless capacity and singular brilliance of Bernadette Mayer. Now in her 70th year, she is the author of more than twenty collections of poetry including Poetry State Forest (2008) and Sonnets (1989), which was recently reprinted to mark its 25th anniversary. A 2015 Guggenheim fellow, Mayer has left her mark on readers, writers, and entire literary movements.
Poets House welcomes five poets from the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa for an evening of readings and conversation. This event explores various cultural spaces that poetry occupies, internationally and domestically. Director of the International Writing Program, Christopher Merrill introduces visiting poets Johanna Aitchison (New Zealand), Anas Atakora (Togo), Matthew Cheng (Hong Kong), Yao Feng (Macau), and Marie Silkeberg (Sweden).
In this artist talk, playwright, poet and filmmaker Liwaa Yazji discusses her art-making as a means of exploring broadly the way people relate to the unknown and endure crisis, sharing work created this fall while in residency as a CEC ArtsLink Fellow at Poets House. To accompany her first book of poetry, Peacefully, we leave home (2014), she directed a documentary film that examines the reflexive relationship between individuals and their homes, particularly during wartime.
Poetry is central to Arabic cultural expression. Contemporary Arabic poetry reflects the whirl of events sweeping across the Middle East -- mourning tragedy, criticizing societal expectations, and engaging fierce political discourse. Robyn Creswell, scholar of the poetry and intellectual history of the Middle East, and Iraqi poet Dunya Mikhail, recipient of the United Nations Human Rights Award for Freedom of Writing, discuss poetry as a way to understand contemporary Arab society.
In her only New York City event for two books newly published this year, Jane Hirshfield, one of the foremost poets of her generation and a master illuminator of poetic craft, will read from The Beauty (poems) and Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World (essays). This will be followed by a conversation with the audience about the ways poetic language, attention, and word-craft navigate and enlarge both personal and shared existence.
Earlier this year, Jerome Rothenberg’s Barbaric Vast & Wild: An Assemblage of Outside & Subterranean Poetry from Origins to Present was published as the twelfth and culminating volume in his formative series on ethnopoetics, begun nearly a half century ago with Technicians of the Sacred (1968). Join Rothenberg as he steps back to reconsider what holds these works together and what the future might be for this omnipoetics, theoretically moving toward a final, perhaps unobtainable, “anthology of everything.”