Passwords: Maggie Nelson on Women and the New York School

Maggie Nelson sheds light on the trailblazing lives and artistry of Barbara Guest, Bernadette Mayer, Joan Mitchell, Eileen Myles and Alice Notley.

Part of Women and the New York School, an historic gathering that celebrates the myriad roles that women writers and artists have played in and around the "New York School" and expands our understanding of the vanguard circle that emerged in the 1940s and thrives in its second and third incarnations to this day.

Funded by the New York Council for the Humanities

Spinning Verses: Writing Workshop for Teens with Helen Frost

Helen Frost, the award-winning author of novels-in-verse for children and young adults, treats us to selections from her books and offers inspirational advice to young writers just starting out.

Poets House Pre-Holiday Book Sale

Give the gift of poetry—to yourself, your family and friends. Our pre-holiday sale offers thousands of books at bargain prices. All books are duplicate copies from our 50,000-volume collection and all proceeds benefit the permanent collection of Poets House.

Poets House Members are offered a head-start, with special Election Day sale hours: Vote first, then peruse our volumes of verse. Poetry is, as Emerson once put it, "a candidate for truth."

Poets House Pre-Holiday Book Sale

Give the gift of poetry—to yourself, your family and friends. Our pre-holiday sale offers thousands of books at bargain prices. All books are duplicate copies from our 50,000-volume collection and all proceeds benefit the permanent collection of Poets House.

Branching Out New Orleans: Edward Hirsch on Federico García Lorca

In his talk on Federico García Lorca's life and work, Edward Hirsch will explore Lorca's artistic sources, including native Andalusian music and the metaphorical style characteristic of the avant-garde Hispanic literary movement Ultraísmo, the intellectual community in which Lorca became a youthful prodigy, his complicated friendships with Salvador Dali and Luis Buñel, his place in Spanish literary history, his emotional and intellectual crises, and how he came to write what Hirsch considers to be one of the greatest books of poems ever written about New York City,

Branching Out Fresno: Kay Ryan on Emily Dickinson

The greatest iconoclasts don't set out to. Take Emily Dickinson. She just couldn't do some things as others did them. She couldn't seem to manage to get saved despite great pressure from revival-happy Amherst; she couldn't bend her talent to write poems in any way that her time could accept as poems; she couldn't want fame if it meant publishing; she couldn't trade the intensity of her own mind for the busyness beyond her gate.

Branching Out Hartford: Carol Muske-Dukes on Sylvia Plath

Talking about Sylvia Plath is like talking over loud-volume rock music in a bar. The popular "myth" and gossip surrounding Sylvia Plath and her husband, the British poet Ted Hughes, often drown out the actual voice of either poet. Sylvia Plath has been termed, perhaps erroneously, a "confessional" poet. The term "confessional" is frequently used to describe a group of poets writing in the 1950's (including Robert Lowell and Anne Sexton) who incorporated details of their personal lives in their writing.

Branching Out Little Rock: Mark Doty on E. E. Cummings

E. E. Cummings accomplished the rarest of balancing acts: He managed to be both a deeply committed experimentalist and a very popular poet. How does a writer manage to be an innovator, pushing the boundaries of poetic form and content and still connect so powerfully with readers with his serious play? We'll look at the range of Cummings' achievement—his memorable and sensuous love poems, his fierce political satires, his compassionate anatomies of the human situation.

Branching Out Fresno: Pablo Medina on Octavio Paz

Octavio Paz, winner of the Nobel Prize in 1990, was arguably the most influential Mexican poet and essayist of the 20th century. A man of encyclopedic knowledge and vast intellectual range, he was able to bring together in his poetry four great streams of modernity: the European, the Eastern, the Mexican, and the North American.

The Thread at Play: A Poetry of the Simplest of Objects with Cecilia Vicuña & Richard Lewis

Poet Cecilia Vicuña and children's author Richard Lewis offer a thought-provoking approach to the poetics of play, based on Vicuña's successful writing workshops in a small mountain-village school in her native Chile that helped children connect to the roots of their indigenous culture

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