2011: Jane Hirshfield Reads 'Tracks' by Tomas Transtromer

Jane Hirshfield, author of Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry, reads and discusses "Tracks" by Nobel Laureate Tomas Transtromer.

2011: Jane Hirshfield reads 'French Horn' and 'The Supple Deer'

As part of her Craft Talk on Transitions, Jane Hirshfield, author of Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry, discusses the arc of a book of poems, and reads 'French Horn' and 'The Supple Deer' from her collection Come, Thief.

2011: Jane Hirshfield reads 'Winter' by Czesław Miłosz

Jane Hirshfield, author of Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry, reads and discusses "Winter" by Nobel Laureate Czesław Miłosz.

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"The artistic legacy of a nation also represents its riches—riches that everyone can have. Especially in a polyglot nation like ours, the existence of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) emphasizes the value of the individual interior life and exchange about our experiences in community." Why the NEA Matters, A Letter from Poets House Executive Director Lee Briccetti...



Passwords: Saskia Hamilton on John Berryman, Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell

Poet and editor Saskia Hamilton looks at three post-war American poets, examining their formal innovation and selective use of the confessional, as well as their complex mutual friendships.

Passwords: Lee Ann Brown on Black Mountain Poets

Poet Lee Ann Brown discusses the poetic movement that started at the experimental Black Mountain College in the 1950s and 1960s, including a focus on Charles Olson and Robert Duncan, as well as their collaborators.

Passwords: Martín Espada on Puerto Rican Poetry

Poet Martín Espada addresses the political poetic tradition of Puerto Rico, from Julia de Burgos to three major poets—Clemente Soto Vélez, Juan Antonio Corretjer and Francisco Matos Paoli—who were imprisoned for their “seditious” words and ideas.

Passwords: Carol Muske-Dukes on the Beats

Poet and novelist Carol Muske-Dukes offers insights on the Beat poets, with a discussion of the work of Diane di Prima, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Gary Snyder and Philip Whalen.

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