Branching Out NYC: Edward Hirsch on Federico García Lorca

This talk explores Lorca’s artistic sources, including Andalusian music and the metaphorical style characteristic of the avant-garde Hispanic literary movement Ultraísmo. Edward Hirsch also discusses Lorca's complicated friendships with Salvador Dali and Luis Buñuel, his place in Spanish literary history, his emotional and intellectual crises, and how he came to write his classic, Poet in New York.

Ruination: Loss in desire. Une poetique

Nathalie Stephens writes at the border between languages: in her case, English and French. Her talk will address questions of translatability, displacement, desire, and what—through history—has come undone.

Poetry in The Branches Reading: Thomas Lux

The reading follows an intensive writing workshop for local high school students led by Thomas Lux and Sarah Lawrence College MFA students.

Poetry in The Branches National Institute: A Weekend Intensive for Librarians

This seminar prepares participants to apply the successful PITB model to their own libraries. The Institute covers the how-to of producing vibrant poetry programs, building enriched collections and engaging audiences through community outreach. Participants gain experience listening to, discussing, and writing poetry. No one will leave uninspired.

Poetry for Children: Rain, Rain... Don't Go Away!

A sudden rain shower can transform our city and our senses and make a different world. In this interactive workshop, we’ll create our own storm, right in the library, with poetry, music, and a special slideshow.

Branching Out NYC: Martín Espada on Pablo Neruda

Among his many masterworks, Neruda wrote poems about the mysterious power of poetry itself, a power embraced by Chilean culture. This evening focuses on the evolution of Neruda as a political poet, his struggle and exile at the hands of his own government, his death in the wake of the military coup, and his redemption after democracy returned to Chile.

Writing Through: 16 Ways to Enter A Text with Sina Queyras

Whether Anne Carson responds to Virginia Woolf or Samuel Beckett, or Caroline Bergvall composes with Dante, poets enter each other’s texts directly and indirectly. But how do we enter into another’s text and still retain an original voice? Where are the boundaries? In this workshop we will encounter multiple responses to Gertrude Stein, Virginia Woolf, and Emily Dickinson, and tackle a variety of writing exercises designed to create new pathways to one's own, as well as other's, work.

In Love with Love Poems: Old Cliches, New Ironies, the Same Old Chestnuts, Some in Sonnet Form

This workshop involves reading, writing, and debate about the love poem. The sonnet form, traditionally focused on love, will provide a starting point for in-class writing exercises. We’ll also examine strategies and techniques as they are variously employed by poets such as: Ian Duhig, Michael Donaghy, Carol Ann Duffy, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Sharon Olds, C.K. Williams, Hugo Williams, Alice Oswald, Tom Clarke, Paul Muldoon and Douglas Dunn. You needn’t be in love to attend.

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