Always be a poet, even in prose.– Charles Baudelaire
For the Fall 2014 season, Poets House invites you to explore poetry’s complex relationship with fiction, memoir, essay, theater, science and more through talks, seminars, and workshops presented by leading cross-genre writers. From page to paint to stage, trace a poet’s ability to infuse, implore, recall, and awaken new possibilities in language across the arts and beyond.
On view: Tuesday, December 2, 2014–Saturday, March 21, 2015
From "Happy Holidays" from Langston Hughes to "Seasons Greetings" from Seamus and Marie Heaney, calling cards from Marianne Moore, and handmade valentines between Alice Notley and Ted Berrigan, the sending of poetic holiday cards is a unique and longstanding tradition. Drawn from the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library at Emory University, this exhibition explores the vibrant, often funny, and always fascinating portraits of time, affection and ties of love and friendship.
The prose poem derives energy from the collision of opposites: realism and fantasy; poem and novel. Poet and essayist Natasha Sajé, author most recently, of Windows and Doors: A Poet Reads Literary Theory, and faculty at Vermont College of Fine Arts, discusses the makeup of this hybrid form.
Why do so many poets also write prose nonfiction? What transformations occur between poem and essay? Pulitzer Prizewinner Vijay Seshadri, whose newest book is 3 Sections, discusses notions of identity, form, and fulfillment for contemporary writers.
Poet and essayist Alison Hawthorne Deming, whose newest book is Zoologies: On Animals and the Human Spirit, discusses writing in the era of climate change – how we must join the sensual texture and discernment of poetry with the critical content of scientific writing to fully elucidate a rapidly changing world.
How can different forms frame your life in different ways? How do poetry and memoir tell different kinds of truths? Three of today’s most acclaimed cross-genre writers – Nick Flynn (Another Bullshit Night in Suck City), Sarah Manguso (The Guardians), and Megan O’Rourke (The Long Goodbye) – address these questions and more in this special Saturday conversation.
Chart your own path through the exhibition Kimono: A Modern History and enjoy drop-in, interactive experiences with art and poetry. Participate in writing activities, listen to music, and explore gorgeous textiles while surrounded by treasures in the museum’s Japanese galleries.